Definitions

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

  • n. An upholstered armchair usually having open sides.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An armchair.
  • n. The chair of a presiding officer.
  • n. Membership in the Académie française.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An armchair; hence (because the members sit in fauteuils or armchairs), membership in the French Academy.
  • n. Chair of a presiding officer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An arm-chair; particularly, in French usage, the seat of a presiding officer; the chair; hence, the dignity of presidency; specifically, the seat of a member of the French Academy (in reference to the forty seats provided for it by Louis XIV.); hence, membership in the Academy.

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

  • n. an upholstered armchair

Etymologies

French, from Old French faldestoel, of Germanic origin; see pel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French. See faldistory. (Wiktionary)

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