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[foh-til; French foh-tœ-yuh] /ˈfoʊ tɪl; French foʊˈtœ yə/
noun, plural fauteuils
[foh-tilz; French foh-tœ-yuh] /ˈfoʊ tɪlz; French foʊˈtœ yə/ (Show IPA)
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 Unabridged
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  • And then, as I fell back into the fauteuil, there was borne on my consciousness a sound I had heard before.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • Lebeau flung himself, with a wearied air, into the fauteuil.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • First and second Princesses on a sofa, I at their right in a fauteuil, on my left the third Princess.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • I wave my hand, and the lady sinks half languidly into a fauteuil.

  • Robespierre was reclining languidly in his fauteuil, his cadaverous countenance more jaded and fatigued than usual.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • The etiquette of the ‘fauteuil’ and ‘chaise’ is explained in Mm.

  • Once in her room, with the lock turned on the outer world she sank into a fauteuil and pressed her burning face into her hands.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • Her small feet—of which she had once been vain—rested on a fauteuil.

    The Manchester Rebels of the Fatal '45 William Harrison Ainsworth
  • But he did not go to bed for that hour, he slept in a fauteuil.

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Pasteur was elected to the fauteuil that had been occupied by Littr.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for fauteuil


/ˈfəʊtɜːɪ; French fotœj/
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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