a projecting, often padded support for the forearm, as at the side of a chair or sofa or between seats in a theater, car, or airplane.

Origin of armrest

First recorded in 1885–90; arm1 + rest1
Also called arm. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for armrest

Contemporary Examples of armrest

  • As he was pulling his hand out of the armrest, Mrs. Lovett saw the gun and it immediately discharged into his left knee.

  • Edwards always liked the armrest up in the car when he got in so he could move around in the backseat.

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    Andrew Young's Revenge

    Tina Brown

    January 31, 2010

Historical Examples of armrest

  • Landy, as was his wont, clutched the armrest of the car and said nothing.

    David Lannarck, Midget

    George S. Harney

  • Reetal brought the drink over to his chair, sat down on the armrest with it.

    Lion Loose

    James H. Schmitz

  • His hand moved over the control panel in the armrest of his chair, and the scene changed.

    Anything You Can Do ...

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • But Administrator Bradshaw already was sagging sideways over the armrest of this chair, head lolling backwards.


    James H. Schmitz

  • She peered at a button on the go-chair's armrest which had just begun to put out small bright-blue flashes of light.

    Watch the Sky

    James H. Schmitz

British Dictionary definitions for armrest



the part of a chair, sofa, etc, that supports the armSometimes shortened to: arm
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