from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large sofa, often convertible into a bed.
  • n. A small desk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large sofa, especially a formal one.
  • n. A writing desk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of small writing table, generally somewhat ornamental, and forming a piece of furniture for the parlor or boudoir.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of small writing-desk.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small decorative writing desk
  • n. a city in eastern Iowa on the Mississippi River across from Moline and Rock Island
  • n. a large sofa usually convertible into a bed


From obsolete davenport, a small writing desk, probably from the name of the manufacturer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Sofa sense was named for the now defunct furniture manufacturer A.H. Davenport Company. (Wiktionary)


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  • When I hear Davenport, it reminds me of:

    -A sofa in Grandma's living room
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    September 26, 2008

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    September 17, 2007

  • This reminds me of my grandpa, with his big beautiful hands that could drive a nail with one stroke of the hammer.

    And the davenport always had an afghan draped over the back.

    September 17, 2007