re·​ca·​mier ˌrā-käm-ˈyā How to pronounce recamier (audio)
: a sometimes backless couch with a high curved headrest and low footrest

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Examples of recamier in a Sentence

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Word History


from its appearance in a portrait of Mme. Récamier by Jacques-Louis David

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of recamier was in 1924

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Cite this Entry

“Recamier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Ré·​ca·​mi·​er rā-ˈka-mē-ˌā How to pronounce Récamier (audio)
Jeanne-Françoise-Julie-Adélaïde 1777–1849 Madame de Récamier née Bernard French society wit

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