[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

  • As soon as Bentwood had regained his power of speech, he drank his coffee.

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

  • Bentwood had a positive genius for the occult and underground.

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

  • As he clenched and drove his left home, Bentwood came heavily to the ground.

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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