Definitions

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

  • n. A long wooden bench with a back.
  • n. A small or medium-sized sofa.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long seat with a back, made to accommodate several persons at once; a sofa.
  • n. A vessel with a very long, sharp prow, carrying two or three masts with lateen sails, used in the Mediterranean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A long seat with a back, -- made to accommodate several persons at once.
  • n. A vessel with a very long, sharp prow, carrying two or three masts with lateen sails, -- used in the Mediterranean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A seat or bench of a particular form.
  • n. A small part taken off from a long and large sofa by a kind of arm: thus, a long sofa may have a settee at each end partly cut off from the body of the piece.
  • n. A vessel with one deck and a very long sharp prow, carrying two or three masts with lateen sails, used on the Mediterranean.

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

  • n. a long wooden bench with a back
  • n. a small sofa

Etymologies

Perhaps alteration of settle, bench.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French sc├ętie, scitie. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The question for any couple reduced to long-term settee status is how much bitterness must there be to make the settee preferable to the bed?

    What's Going On

  • Between the chairs and the settee was a wooden box.

    Ruby

  • It seems that he had dived down into what was peculiarly his kingdom, and beside him on the settee was a brand which he had brought up in the shape of a slim, flame-like young woman with a pale, intense face, youthful, and yet so worn with sin and sorrow that one read the terrible years which had left their leprous mark upon her.

    The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes

  • _In the middle of the room, a little to the right, there is a large and comfortable settee, and on the left of the settee is a table littered with books, magazines, a scent-atomizer, a small silver-framed mirror, a case of manicure instruments, a box of cigarettes and a match-stand, and other odds and ends.

    The 'Mind the Paint' Girl A Comedy in Four Acts

  • A high-backed settee stands on the right of the fireplace; near the settee is a fauteuil-stool; facing the settee is a Charles II arm-chair.

    The Big Drum A Comedy in Four Acts

  • The occupant of the settee was a huge, muscular, repulsive young man, whose yellow hair lay uncombed on his pillow, while his pale, freckle-marked face was distorted with pain, rage, and the torture of a rebellious spirit, when sorely smitten by the hand of God.

    The Boy Patriot

  • In front of the settee is a Hepplewhite-style round mahogany coffee table with a leather inset top.

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  • Taking advantage of the occasion, Mrs. Pratt now fairly "tired out," escorted herself to the adjoining room and laid her weary bones on the uninviting "settee," that was the hallowed source of all the pleasant dreams, that haunted her daily siestas for many a year.

    Honor Edgeworth Ottawa's Present Tense

  • It comprised a "settee," a "rocker," an armchair, and a chair without arms -- all overlaid with a bright green, silky velour that fiercely fought the red wall paper and the landlady's hair.

    Apron-Strings

  • This front room had in it a round table, a half-dozen chairs, a small sheet-iron stove, and a rude kind of settee that served Jim Woppit for a bed by night.

    Second Book of Tales

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  • usage on Pardal.

    A Sea of Words: "A decked vessel with a long pointed prow, carrying two or three lateen-rigged masts, used primarily in the eastern Mediterranean."

    March 29, 2008