American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A long upholstered seat typically with a back and arms.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long seat or settee with a stuffed bottom and raised stuffed back and ends; a bench or settee upholstered with permanent cushions. See cut under settee.
- n. An upholstered seat, typically having sides and back, long enough to accommodate two or more people.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A long seat, usually with a cushioned bottom, back, and ends; -- much used as a comfortable piece of furniture.
- n. an upholstered seat for more than one person
- Derived from Arabic صفة (súffa, "sofa, long seat made of stone or brick"), from Aramaic צפא (ṣipā’, "mat"). The word may have entered European languages via Turkish or through the Moorish occupation of Spain. (Wiktionary)
- Turkish, from Arabic ṣuffa, carpet, divan, from Aramaic ṣippā, absolute form of ṣippətā, mat; see ṣpp in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“What your seeing in pics is ONLY the "Love seat", the * sofa* is larger/longer of course (unable to take pic of sofa since it lies underneath the loveseat, no room for pic)”
“A sofa is a word adapted into English from Arabic, by way of Aramaic.”
“Your discovery of a glass eye in the fold of your sofa is a lucky omen.”
“In any commercial for beer or snack food, one of the guys on the sofa is always black.”
“There is certainly a degree of personal animus in some of the attacks and with the increasing polarization of the political debate in the country, this question of Tony Blair's personal style -- I mean, we saw, for example, the Butler Report in it's very veiled and rather elegant way, criticizing his what they call sofa cabinet, the fact that everything is done very informally, off the record with just a few select advisors.”
“Wilson points out that in Cowper's The Taska paradigm for the sentimental construction of nature in the later eighteenth centurythe sofa is the site of "female industry" (165) that the narrator turns from "to the serious business of composing poetry outdoors among real flowers" (168).”
“Mexico; the sofa is placed against the wall and the chairs form a circle around it; the visitor is given the sofa, which is the "seat of honor," and the family sit in the circle, the eldest nearest the sofa; the visitor expects to be asked to play the piano, which she does in fine style, and then the hostess must play after her or commit”
“After reviewing several episodes, I see that the real gift she gives to her boys, from my seat on the sofa, is to leave them entirely to their own devices.”
“My sofa is discolored on one arm, possibly by newsprint or dirt from my arm.”
“The modern barrel back chairs that are paired with the white sofa is absolutely wicked!”
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Words appropriated from the Arabic language, from Middle Eastern countries, or otherwise associated with that region.
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