so·​fa | \ˈsō-fə \

Definition of sofa 

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

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Examples of sofa in a Sentence

I curled up on the sofa with a book.

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The Cloud Bed is built into an attractive living room set-up with a small sofa and wood paneled walls. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ori’s new robotic furniture includes a bed that drops from the ceiling," 14 Nov. 2018 Instead, go for the blue velvet sofa that’s going to be your showpiece. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch a Design Expert Transform Her Dated Living Room Into a Sophisticated Putting Green," 19 July 2018 Some of the room’s furnishings continued the theme, such as a sofa upholstered in frosty Lee Jofa flowers and a rattan chandelier. Sara Ruffin Costello, ELLE Decor, "A New Orleans Manse is Given New Life with a Fashionable Pizzazz," 26 Oct. 2018 On the other side, the sofa comes out of the fireplace wall and is anchored: the nurturing wall. Sandy Deneau Dunham, The Seattle Times, "Jim Olson’s Tofino Beach House is one for the books," 25 Oct. 2018 Chicago to Auckland, Air New Zealand Hours in the air: 16Time saved: Four hours, plus a layover in California at LAX or SFO.The seat to get: The Economy SkyCouch, three seats that fold into a sofa, is a solid alternative to biz class. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Case for Booking an Ultra-Long Flight," 10 Oct. 2018 Plump bedding and plush chairs and sofas provide comfort, while microwaves and refrigerators (plus a grab-and-go market by the lobby) provide convenience. Jeanne Cooper,, "Suite Spot: Cameron’s Inn, Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018 Reality: In Paige’s living room, the sofa and chair looked onto a freestanding bookcase loaded with books (including old paperbacks), board games and a television. Marni Jameson,, "7 mistakes rookie DIY decorators make," 13 July 2018 The personal area is decorated in pastel shades with a pale blue sofa. Simon Perry,, "All About the Royal Train That Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth Are Sleeping Aboard Tonight," 13 June 2018

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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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The first known use of sofa was in 1717

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English Language Learners Definition of sofa

: a long and comfortable piece of furniture on which a person can sit or lie down


so·​fa | \ˈsō-fə \

Kids Definition of sofa

: a long upholstered seat usually with a back and arms

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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