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[foh-til; French foh-tœ-yuh]
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noun, plural fau·teuils [foh-tilz; French foh-tœ-yuh] /ˈfoʊ tɪlz; French foʊˈtœ yə/.
  1. French Furniture. an upholstered armchair, especially one with open sides.
Compare bergère.

Origin of fauteuil

1735–45; < French; Old French faldestoel, faudestueil < Old Low Franconian *faldistôl; see faldstool
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Examples from the Web for fauteuil

Historical Examples

  • The dame, according to her idle custom, was dozing in a fauteuil.

    An Eagle Flight

    Jos Rizal

  • She has flung herself into a fauteuil, and sits in pensive attitude; of late, alas!

    The Death Shot

    Mayne Reid

  • Lebeau flung himself, with a wearied air, into the fauteuil.

    The Parisians, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • I wave my hand, and the lady sinks half languidly into a fauteuil.

  • At last I was permitted to get up and recline in fauteuil or on sofa.

British Dictionary definitions for fauteuil


  1. an armchair, the sides of which are not upholstered

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Old French faudestuel, folding chair, of Germanic origin; see faldstool
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