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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At Comic-Con, people lined up at the Warner Bros. pavilion to pose on a replica of the Central Perk sofa. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Superfans: A Love Story," 9 Sep. 2019 From the Grand Canyon to the Empire State Building, from Stonehenge to the Eiffel Tower, fabric and waterproof versions of the sofa are being placed at key locations surrounding the Sept. 22 anniversary of the show's premiere. Gary Levin, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: The 'Friends' Central Perk couch is traveling to a landmark near you," 3 Sep. 2019 Though the couch carnage has yet to be remedied, Rose says the cameras give her a sense of security, and Rocco’s other antics, such as catlike perching on the back of the sofa, provide a chuckle for her and her friends. Laura Daily, Washington Post, "As homeowners find new uses for security cameras, checking law should be first step," 27 Aug. 2019 For example, a coffee table is not important in front of the sofa, but a hassock with a tray filled with casual accessories is. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Bay Area home style: Say hello to beachy boho, coastal cool," 2 July 2019 Joss & Main’s Charlie sofa comes in a sumptuous rust velvet, and there are some lovely patterned rugs here too. Washington Post, "RIGHT AT HOME: Terracotta makes a color comeback," 20 Aug. 2019 On a green leather sofa, Cara Delevingne lies down on her stomach, a portrait of repose with her head propped against the armrest and her eyes clear and unflinching. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cara Delevingne Poses Nude and Gets Vulnerable for Marie Claire’s Cover Story," 13 Aug. 2019 Stick a turkey on your head, peek through Rachel and Monica’s purple door, relax on Chandler and Joey’s recliner after playing some foosball, help Ross with the infamous sofa pivot, or look through Phoebe’s favorite things. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Special 25th anniversary Friends pop-up opening in New York City," 29 July 2019 Allen says the fight over the duplex all started when an old sofa was left on the side of the road by one of its residents in early 2018. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, "Amid affordable housing crisis, Orange County may eliminate duplex for low-wage families," 25 July 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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