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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
1710-20; perhaps variant of settle2 Unabridged
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  • A moment later the gasping man threw out his hands and caught the settee with such eagerness that it instantly sunk.

    Adrift in the Wilds Edward S. Ellis
  • Paul bent forward, resting one hand upon the head of the settee.

  • She remained on the settee some time longer, when she aroused herself and went upstairs.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
  • Seeing Jim lounging on a settee they invited him to join in.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
  • We drew four chairs up to the long, low window, the lady still resting with closed eyes upon the settee.

    The Poison Belt Arthur Conan Doyle
  • She was seated on the settee, yet he made no attempt to share it with her.

    The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
  • He picked up his hat from the linen cover of the settee; his manner closed the subject.

    The Rake's Progress Marjorie Bowen
  • I helped Tomlinson and Brodie to carry him to the settee in the hall.

  • As he made his way to the desk, he observed the man with black whiskers on a settee at one end of the room.

    Try and Trust Horatio Alger
  • He turned to Lady Mount-Rhyswicke, who had gone to the settee by the fire.

    His Own People Booth Tarkington
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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