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

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With the wall of backlit bookshelves, comfy settees, and abundant artwork, The Whitney’s lobby looks like the living room of a stylish Beacon Hill condo. Pamela Wright,, "The Whitney is a former nurses’ dorm, transformed with care," 20 Aug. 2019 The lobby is appointed with novel furnishings, including a settee made entirely out of quarters — 25-cent pieces — and an Art Deco Bluthner piano that was once played, a concierge explains, by Billy Joel. Rand Richards Cooper,, "In Our Midst: A Jersey Boy in Connecticut," 14 Aug. 2019 The 50 guest rooms feature overstuffed armchairs and settees and thick jewel-tone curtains, all surrounded by 22 acres of classic gardens. Alexander Lobrano, WSJ, "The New Provence: From Quaint to Uber-Chic," 11 July 2019 Next to a Gustavian settee from Lars Bolander, a 1915 bust of a Swedish boy purchased from Dienst + Dotter Antikviteter looks out to the garden below. Bob Morris, ELLE Decor, "A Minimalist West Village Townhouse Is Given a Sensuous and Cerebral New Life," 23 Nov. 2018 Much of the furniture on display follows suit, from the vintage Napoleon III side chairs in the master bedroom to the settee in the living room, a family heirloom that belonged to Sims’s grandmother and maintains its original orange upholstery. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "The Paint Trick That Instantly Makes Your Home Look More Polished," 22 Mar. 2019 The face of Costa Brazil, Caroline Trenti, held court on a pale settee and looked every bit the muse. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Franciso Costa Celebrates the Launch of his Skincare Line Costa Brazil," 9 Feb. 2019 Old World Weavers' Strie Velvet in Blossom covers the vintage settee, and the rattan table is one of many hand-me-downs. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "How Kristen McCory Integrated A Client's Grandmother's Favorite Lipstick Color Into Her Design," 10 Jan. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce settee (audio) \

Kids Definition of settee

: a long seat with a back

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