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Windsor chair

noun, (sometimes lowercase)
a wooden chair of many varieties, having a spindle back and legs slanting outward: common in 18th-century England and in the American colonies.
Origin of Windsor chair
First recorded in 1715-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Windsor chair, on the other hand, is mainly confined to the southern half of the country.

  • The Windsor chair in its early form is coincident with the early years of the eighteenth century.

  • I rested both hands upon the arms of my Windsor chair and so managed to stand erect.

    The Little Red Foot Robert W. Chambers
  • The Windsor chair seems to have been first used for a rural seat in the grounds about Windsor castle, England; whence its name.

  • The Windsor chair, besides, is capable of much greater variety of form than the Austrian production.

    Old Country Inns of England Henry P. Maskell
  • The Windsor chair creaked under Saxham's heavy figure as he got up.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • The Windsor chair he sat in was unstable—which presently afforded material for humour.

  • As a matter of fact, he was sitting trussed upon a Windsor chair in an underground thieves' cellar-kitchen.

    The Socialist Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Priam sat down on a Windsor chair fearfully, like an intruder, his face towards the choir.

  • But when she had poured the hot water into a bowl she sat down in the Windsor chair by the fire and gazed into the hot coals.

    The Literary Sense E. Nesbit
British Dictionary definitions for Windsor chair

Windsor chair

a simple wooden chair, popular in England and America from the 18th century, usually having a shaped seat, splayed legs, and a back of many spindles
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