[bent-woo d]


wood steamed and bent for use in furniture.
an article of furniture made of bentwood.


of or relating to furniture made principally of pieces of wood of circular or oval section, steamed, bent, and screwed together: a bentwood rocking chair.

Origin of bentwood

First recorded in 1860–65; bent1 + wood1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bentwood

Historical Examples of bentwood

  • Presently she sat down on a Bentwood rocking-chair and swayed to and fro, aware of an ebbing of confidence.


    Sarah Jeanette Duncan

  • Bentwood sat up and smiled as his two chief tormentors came back.

  • Bentwood snatched eagerly at the glass and drained it at a gulp.

  • The only one who seemed disposed to a mild course of policy was Bentwood.

  • Field appeared more cheerful and philosophical; the arrest of Bentwood seemed to have taken a heavy weight from his mind.

British Dictionary definitions for bentwood



  1. wood bent in moulds after being heated by steaming, used mainly for furniture
  2. (as modifier)a bentwood chair
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