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barrel chair

noun, U.S. Furniture.
an easy chair having a high, semicircular back forming a single upholstered piece with the wings or arms; tub chair.
Also called barrel-back chair
[bar-uh l-bak] /ˈbær əlˌbæk/ (Show IPA)
Origin of barrel chair
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then father was coaxed to sit down in the barrel chair, and try its strength and its softness, and guess what it was made of.

  • We made a barrel chair and all kinds of home-made furniture out of packing boxes.

  • Stonor sat in his barrel chair that he had made himself, and Tole sat on the floor nursing his knees.

    The Woman from Outside Hulbert Footner

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