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[soh-fuh] /ˈsoʊ fə/
a long, upholstered couch with a back and two arms or raised ends.
Origin of sofa
1615-25; < Turkish < Arabic ṣuffah platform used as a seat Unabridged
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  • And then she saw, on the sofa at one side of the place, a human form under a sheet.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He was placed upon a sofa in the dining-room from which he never moved.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Then she lay down herself on the sofa beside her bed, sorely exhausted.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Then she sat down in the corner of the sofa, exhausted but alert.

  • She makes me nervous sitting there on that sofa staring at me!

British Dictionary definitions for sofa


an upholstered seat with back and arms for two or more people
Word Origin
C17 (in the sense: dais upholstered as a seat): from Arabic suffah
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Word Origin and History for sofa

1620s, "raised section of a floor, covered with carpets and cushions," from Turkish sofa, from Arabic suffah "bench of stone or wood; a couch." Meaning "long stuffed seat for reclining" is recorded from 1717.

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