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deck chair

a folding chair, usually with arms and a full-length leg rest, commonly used for lounging on the decks of passenger ships.
Also called steamer chair.
Origin of deck chair
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Upon the balcony he saw a long outline, the outline of a deckchair with a figure stretched out in it.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
  • He walked aft and, placing himself in a deckchair, gazed listlessly at the stolid figure of the helmsman.

British Dictionary definitions for deckchair


a folding chair for use out of doors, consisting of a wooden frame suspending a length of canvas
(jocular) rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, engaged in futile or ineffectual actions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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