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 living room’s custom sofa is in a Kravet fabric with pillows in a Jim Thompson silk, the 1970s chairs are from Revival, and the vintage cocktail table is from Martin La Brocante. Susanna Homan, ELLE Decor, "Once A Vintage Jewelry Seller, Alisa Bloom Becomes a Sought-After Designer and Contractor," 17 May 2018 This sofa is where trendy meets affordable multi-functionality. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "7 stellar sofas under $1,500 you can buy online," 30 Apr. 2018 Kensington Palace posted two photos on Twitter showing the two sitting on a sofa at the Beit Al Urdun Palace, watching the match on a huge screen. Washington Post, "Prince William on historic Mideast trip, praises Jordan ties," 24 June 2018 In the library, the sofa has a slipcover in a Donghia fabric, the Harvey Probber swivel chairs are from Antiques du Monde, the circa-1910 Italian chandelier is from Obsolete, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore Icicle. As Told To Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Tour A Sonoma Valley Lake House Rippling with Patterns and Color," 15 May 2018 Flat-screen TVs hung from the walls on opposite sides of the living room and in the middle stood a sofa, its seats pointing in different directions. Kevin Baxter,, "Togetherness has Belgium and Martinez a step away from World Cup history," 9 July 2018 Consider ideas like moving the bed to the opposite wall or swapping the location of the sofa and chair in the living room. Washington Post, "Affordable ways to refresh your home," 28 June 2018 If the rug is bigger, hide part of it under the sofa, or have an equal amount of floor showing on at least three sides of the rug. Jennifer Adams,, "Ask Jennifer Adams: How to decorate with area rugs," 22 June 2018 The mother sits on the edge of a small sectional sofa, taking in the scene. Leila Atassi,, "Cleveland police's N.I.C.E. Unit joins community-wide effort to help families devastated by Rainbow Terrace fire: A Greater Cleveland," 20 Apr. 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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