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[set-tee] /sɛtˈti/
a seat for two or more persons, having a back and usually arms, and often upholstered.
Origin of settee
First recorded in 1710-20; perhaps variant of settle2 Unabridged
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  • The priest still lingered on the settee when the Baroness rose.

  • "Issy" sprang from his settee and jammed the paper novel into his pocket.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Captain Kendrick sat upright on the settee, beneath the locust tree.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • He led the way to the settee by the calico and dress goods counter.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "That" was a kick that doubled the cur up against the settee.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • I was stretched out on my back on the settee, smoking in peace.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • She sat down on the settee near the open door to cool herself, I daresay.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • Judith cuddled close to Bruce on the settee while Elinor went for her wraps.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther
  • Marion drew her over to the settee, and she had her cry out.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • Carroll drew her down on a settee and held her hands firmly.

    An American Suffragette Isaac N. Stevens
British Dictionary definitions for settee


a seat, for two or more people, with a back and usually with arms
Word Origin
C18: changed from settle²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for settee

"long seat with back and arms," 1716, perhaps a variant of settle (n.), or a diminutive of set (v.) "act of setting."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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