so·​fa | \ ˈsō-fə How to pronounce sofa (audio) \

Definition of sofa

: a long upholstered seat usually with arms and a back and often convertible into a bed

Examples of sofa in a Sentence

I curled up on the sofa with a book.
Recent Examples on the Web Jefferson Davis’ thumb measures the same size as the typical sofa. AccessAtlanta, 17 June 2022 An article last weekend on Page 64 about the architect Lisa Van Dusen’s family home in Savannah, Ga., misspelled the name of a style of sofa. New York Times, 12 Dec. 2021 Jimenez suggested incorporating color into a home with a focal point such as a sofa or a statement area rug., 19 Sep. 2021 Start where your cat likes to nap, such as the sofa or your bed. Star Tribune, 11 June 2021 Sikes built in the cabinets flanking the fireplace, then lined them in the same fabric as the sofa across the room. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 10 June 2021 Terra cotta, burgundy, olive green and other dark tones can be risky, especially for a staple item, such as a sofa, says Kim Pheiffer, founder and chief executive of KP Designs & Associates in Columbus, Ohio. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 Or put three pieces upstairs as a sofa and three downstairs as a loveseat and a comfortable chair. David Hochman, Forbes, 26 May 2021 For example, a larger upholstered item, such as a sofa, will require much more welting than a small upholstered ottoman. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sofa

1717, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sofa

earlier, raised carpeted floor, from Italian sofà, from Turkish sofa, from Arabic ṣuffa carpet, divan

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23 Jun 2022

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“Sofa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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so·​fa | \ ˈsō-fə How to pronounce sofa (audio) \

Kids Definition of sofa

: a long upholstered seat usually with a back and arms

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