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[ahrm-rest] /ˈɑrmˌrɛst/
a projecting, often padded support for the forearm, as at the side of a chair or sofa or between seats in a theater, car, or airplane.
Also called arm.
Origin of armrest
First recorded in 1885-90; arm1 + rest1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Landy, as was his wont, clutched the armrest of the car and said nothing.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • Reetal brought the drink over to his chair, sat down on the armrest with it.

    Lion Loose James H. Schmitz
  • His hand moved over the control panel in the armrest of his chair, and the scene changed.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • But Administrator Bradshaw already was sagging sideways over the armrest of this chair, head lolling backwards.

    Oneness James H. Schmitz
  • She peered at a button on the go-chair's armrest which had just begun to put out small bright-blue flashes of light.

    Watch the Sky James H. Schmitz
  • Reetal took both glasses over to the liquor cabinet, freshened them up, and settled down on the armrest of the chair again.

    Lion Loose James H. Schmitz
British Dictionary definitions for armrest


the part of a chair, sofa, etc, that supports the arm Sometimes shortened to arm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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