from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long upholstered seat typically with a back and arms.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An upholstered seat, typically having sides and back, long enough to accommodate two or more people.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A long seat, usually with a cushioned bottom, back, and ends; -- much used as a comfortable piece of furniture.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an upholstered seat for more than one person
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)
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)