so·​fa ˈsō-fə How to pronounce sofa (audio)
: 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 In the photo, the newlyweds sat next to one another on a sofa outdoors, with floral arrangements surrounding the furniture. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2023 The living space feels open and airy and is anchored by a large green sofa, a desk, and a media cabinet with Samsung’s The Frame art TV that displays artworks of your choice. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 28 Nov. 2023 His oldest and only daughter, Reginae, shared an image of herself, her famous father and her siblings sitting on a sofa, posing for a picture. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 27 Nov. 2023 The cup holder cradles glasses, mugs and cans, and the tray, which can also lay flat on the sofa, offers a spot for a phone, snacks or, perhaps most importantly, the remote. Karen I. Chen,, 17 Nov. 2023 My skin doesn’t stick to my vintage, awesome-looking-but-terribly-uncomfortable Naugahyde sofa anymore. WIRED, 16 Nov. 2023 One particular point of pride is the sofa, which is upholstered in fabric by Kentucky artist and textile designer Alex K. Mason of Ferrick Mason. Kathryn O'Shea-Evans, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Nov. 2023 In a declaration submitted with Palmer’s request for a TRO, the Nope star alleged multiple instances of physical violence, and the filing included screenshots of what appeared to be security footage of a male striking a female over a sofa. Andrea Mandell, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 The 21-year-old pop superstar is snuggled on a sofa at a Los Angeles studio — black pants, black and red hair — and sets down the acai bowl in her hands to explain. Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1717, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sofa was in 1717

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Cite this Entry

“Sofa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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so·​fa ˈsō-fə How to pronounce sofa (audio)
: a long upholstered seat usually with arms and a back and often convertible into a bed

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