set·​tee | \ se-ˈtē How to pronounce settee (audio) \

Definition of settee

1 : a long seat with a back
2 : a medium-sized sofa with arms and a back

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Examples of settee in a Sentence

the young couple snuggled on the settee
Recent Examples on the Web Two settee swings draped in white cotton flank the lobby entrance. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, "32 Stunning Hotel Lobbies," 19 Mar. 2021 In 2020, sales of the modular settee—launched in 2014 by Nugget Comfort, based in Butner, N. C.—shot up roughly 250% over the previous year, according to co-founder Ryan Cocca. Rachel Wolfe, WSJ, "Can the Nugget Couch Really Keep Quarantined Kids Entertained?," 20 Jan. 2021 The walls in the primary bedroom are sheathed in a hemp wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries; it is furnished with a custom bed and a curvy settee that nods to Art Deco but, with its swooping two-toned upholstery, feels light-hearted and fun. Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, "Where Boho Meets Deco: In This Santa Monica House, Opposites Attract," 10 Dec. 2020 In one corner, President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan might have sipped champagne, while not too far away Andy Warhol took Polaroids from an 18th-century French settee. Francesco Lagnese, Town & Country, "Farewell to a Fifth Avenue Home Famed for Its Old World Elegance and Charm," 23 Oct. 2020 In a Palm Springs home, Mr. Smith placed a Louis XIII-style settee adjacent to lighthearted Picasso ceramics. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "How to Create a Cozy, Classic American Living Room," 25 Sep. 2020 Another early 20th century Spanish piece that stands out is a settee that Jayson Home reupholstered in emerald green velvet. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Jayson Home’s Winter Sale Starts Today, and You Can Score 50% Off Almost Everything," 20 Dec. 2019 Anchoring the dining area is a curved settee designed to hug a round table the couple has owned for 30 years. Marni Elyse Katz,, "Floor plan improvements and stylish furnishings transform a Brookline home," 5 Sep. 2019 Ronstadt lifts her legs onto a settee in her whitewashed living room a few blocks from the Bay. Washington Post, "Linda Ronstadt never stopped singing," 3 Dec. 2019

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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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21 Mar 2021

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“Settee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce settee (audio) \

Kids Definition of settee

: a long seat with a back

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