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
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)