[ ahrm-chair ]
/ ˈɑrmˌtʃɛər /


a chair with sidepieces or arms to support a person's forearms or elbows.


theorizing without the benefit of practical experience: an armchair football coach.
participating or experiencing indirectly or vicariously: an armchair traveler.

Nearby words

  1. armarium,
  2. armature,
  3. armature reaction,
  4. armavir,
  5. armband,
  6. armco,
  7. armed,
  8. armed forces,
  9. armed forces day,
  10. armed neutrality

Origin of armchair

First recorded in 1625–35; arm1 + chair Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for armchair


/ (ˈɑːmˌtʃɛə) /


a chair, esp an upholstered one, that has side supports for the arms or elbows
(modifier) taking no active part; lacking practical experience; theoreticalan armchair strategist
(modifier) participated in away from the place of action or in the homearmchair theatre
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Word Origin and History for armchair



also arm-chair, 1630s, from arm (n.1) + chair; adjective sense in reference to "criticism of matters in which the critic takes no active part" is from 1886.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper