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.

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So that $10,000 designer sofa can be bought for $3,000 to $5,000. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Most Beautiful Rugs in the World Are Now Actually Affordable," 28 Feb. 2019 In the living room, a 1960s Robert Haussmann sofa gleams in its sapphire silk velvet by Ralph Lauren Home. Alina Cho, ELLE Decor, "Uptown Glamour Goes Downtown in a Bold West Village Pad," 22 Feb. 2019 Two aquamarine sofas anchor the living space and provide a rich burst of color in the otherwise subdued loft. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Rent this cozy loft that doubles as a furniture showroom," 27 Dec. 2018 Ask the sofa manufacturer about construction materials. Cathy Hobbs, The Seattle Times, "How to pick the perfect sofa for your space," 18 Sep. 2018 No matter how smug the person, everyone needs a little sofa anchor time to recharge—and if said recharging just so happens to fall on February 14 alongside yah sweetie, so be it. Beca Grimm, GQ, "The Lazy Couple’s Guide to a Valentine’s Day Netflix Binge," 12 Feb. 2018 Invite your friends and family — there are plenty of places to sleep with a select comfort king bed and pull-out sofa. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "This may just be the RV of your dreams. Get a sneak peek at Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow," 25 Jan. 2018 Sun dry the sofa or mattress for several hours to remove odors or use a fan. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew in the Mustiest Corners of Your House," 6 Feb. 2019 In the family room of a New York City apartment designed by Brad Ford, the sofa is by Flexform, the chairs are by Arflex, and the vintage Italian bookcase is from R.E. Steele Antiques. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Inside a Traditional Prewar Apartment with Unique, Handmade Accents," 13 Sep. 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 How to pronounce sofa (audio) \

Kids Definition of sofa

: a long upholstered seat usually with a back and arms

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