set·​tee | \se-ˈtē \

Definition of settee 

1 : a long seat with a back

2 : a medium-sized sofa with arms and a back

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the young couple snuggled on the settee

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Sink into a gray velvet settee, order an IPA from Atlanta’s Monday Night Brewing, and enjoy the views of the hotel’s three-story waterfall and Japanese Zen garden outside. Allison Weiss Entrekin, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Hotels in Atlanta," 27 July 2018 Perched on a settee in the lobby of the Parker New York hotel, near Central Park, Carys Zeta Douglas certainly looks the part of celebrity daughter, in a lipstick-red Réalisation Par dress, black suede ankle boots, and delicate gold jewelry. Michael Callahan, Town & Country, "Show Business Royalty Carys Zeta Douglas Is Ready for Her Close Up," 1 Aug. 2018 Lakeith Stanfield is elegantly splayed across a small settee in the lobby bar of his tony SoHo hotel. Allison P. Davis, GQ, "The Bizarre Brilliance of Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson in Sorry to Bother You," 3 July 2018 The fiber optic ceiling emulates the twinkling night sky, cozy Victorian settees provide clusters of seating throughout the space, and old books and antique treasures line the shelves. Marie Salcido, Sunset, "We’re Crushing on This Art Nouveau-Style Speakeasy," 22 Jan. 2018 In the lounge area, a scarf by L.A. company Block Shop was repurposed into a wall hanging next to the seating area with layered rugs and an Anthropologie settee. Jessica Ritz,, "A DTLA jewelry designer's studio and showroom get a shining makeover," 26 May 2018 Velvet club chairs and settees invite guests to lounge even though the shops on Broadway beckon from beyond the oversize windows. Jennifer Fernandez, ELLE Decor, "Be The First To Stay At This Stunning Saratoga Springs Grande Dame Hotel Reborn," 17 Nov. 2017 In the hotel corridors, leather settees encouraged gawking, while the storied Palm Room restaurant’s glass walls ensured that diners remained on display. Rebecca Dalzell, Smithsonian, "What Made Oscar Tschirky the King of Gilded Age New York," 25 Apr. 2018 The rug over the settee is from Anthropologie, as are the glasses, purple bowl, and pitcher. Sarah Yang, House Beautiful, "Top Pin of the Day: A Colorful Outdoor Dining Spot," 14 Mar. 2014

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First Known Use of settee

1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for settee

alteration of settle

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English Language Learners Definition of settee

: a long seat that has a back and arms and that two or more people can sit on


set·​tee | \se-ˈtē \

Kids Definition of settee

: a long seat with a back

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