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

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Examples of sofa in a Sentence

I curled up on the sofa with a book.
Recent Examples on the Web Grab a copy of one of these page-turners and start living the life of the erudite sofa spud. Wired Staff, Wired, "12 Science Books You Should Read Right Now," 23 Dec. 2019 After midnight, the group went to sleep at a man’s apartment elsewhere in Westminster, with the woman and her female friend sleeping on an air mattress in the man’s living room, and Jah on the living room sofa, according to charging documents. Jon Kelvey,, "Bowie man charged with sex offense in Westminster," 18 Nov. 2019 Spanish and of course English were all around me growing up, but Arabic was reserved for the letters my grandmother sent to her siblings back in Chile, or for occasional after-dinner discussions between tíos on the living room sofa. Claire Calderón,, "Why food is the last holdout in assimilation," 31 Oct. 2019 The 160-inch-by-36-inch leather sofa has been in the family at least 70 years and belonged to my grandmother. Brenda Yenke,, "Collecting lunar memorabilia: Yenke Peddler antiques," 15 Aug. 2019 While the William Morris wallpaper and textured chenille sofa skew conservative, the accessories—like an African fertility statue and voluptuous crystal sculpture of the female form—do not. Ingela Ratledge Amundson, WSJ, "12 TV Series Whose Sets Will Intoxicate Design-Minded People," 21 June 2019 On the opposite end of the kitchen, Tim and Julie have placed a sofa, as well as a coffee table. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "Clean lines, bold colors and vintage architecture define this 1800s Queen Anne home," 23 Dec. 2019 Homemade Decorations Each year, the family that lives in an early modern house in Southeast Portland rearranges the sofa, tables and Stickley-like Craftsman chairs in the living room to make room for the Christmas tree. oregonlive, "Oregon families celebrate the holidays at home with well-loved traditions," 18 Dec. 2019 In the living room, a David Hicks sofa, 18th-century chairs, and a vintage Maison Jansen table coexist amiably. Jesse Kornbluth, ELLE Decor, "This ED Editor’s Apartment Is Puttin’ on the Ritz," 20 Nov. 2019

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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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sofa.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce sofa (audio)

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 How to pronounce sofa (audio) \

Kids Definition of sofa

: a long upholstered seat usually with a back and arms

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