sofa

noun
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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Go over the entire sofa allowing just the steam to touch and penetrate the fabric. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean a Couch Like a Pro," 29 Mar. 2019 The art above the sofa is by Bhasin's mother-in law, the Karl Springer style coffee table and end tables are vintage. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "An Uninspired NYC Apartment Is Revived With Color, Charisma, and Customization," 17 Jan. 2019 In our lounge area, two floor lamps by Cedric Hartman flank a custom table and linen sofa. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Office Envy: See Where Two Top Designers Bring Their Big Ideas to Life," 3 May 2019 But once the gifts have been exchanged and the brunch has been devoured, one of the best ways to continue the celebrations at home is to plop down on the sofa and share some Father's Day Bible verses together. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "25 Loving Father's Day Bible Verses to Share With Your Dad," 2 May 2019 On the walls behind the sofas are giant plasma-TV screens, while the space at the center of the room is filled with towering stacks of extraordinary books on art, decoration, history, and philosophy. Kennedy Fraser, Vogue, "From the Archives: Karl Lagerfeld, The Impresario," 19 Feb. 2019 That manifests in a green-black living room with an orange sofa, a pink kitchen with a tropical-themed wallpaper accent wall, a jade-green bedroom with the same wall covering, and an orange front door. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "9 maximalist interiors that get the style right," 4 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, up the road, work at the factories will keep humming along, churning out your next sofa or armchair. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Tiny North Carolina Town You've Never Heard of Makes Most of America's Furniture," 27 Mar. 2019 Faux Fur Throw Mann suggests adding a faux fur throw to your sofa. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "11 Simple Home Updates to Make This Year," 7 Jan. 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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The first known use of sofa was in 1717

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sofa

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sofa

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

sofa

noun
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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