- (sometimes initial capital letter) a single- or double-breasted topcoat or overcoat with a fly front and a narrow velvet collar.
- a large, overstuffed sofa or divan with a back and upholstered arms.
- Chiefly Canadian. any large sofa or couch.
Origin of chesterfield
- Philip Dor·mer Stan·hope [dawr-mer stan-uh p] /ˈdɔr mər ˈstæn əp/, 4th Earl of,1694–1773, British statesman and author.
Related Words for chesterfieldchair, couch, bench, settee, lounge, bed, pew, stool, settle, stall, davenport, loveseat, chesterfield, recliner, futon, divan, ottoman, daybed, secretary
Examples from the Web for chesterfield
Historical Examples of chesterfield
He never can have read, no, he never can have been in a room with a volume of the divine Chesterfield.The Contrast
Chesterfield pronounced it to be from the pen of Bolingbroke.
I turned about, and there stood my companion at Chesterfield.Tales Of The Trains
Charles James Lever
She moves to the Chesterfield and leans against it, biting her nails.
She dropped her arms and fell back upon the chesterfield, insensible.The Yellow Claw
- a man's knee-length overcoat, usually with a fly front to conceal the buttons and having a velvet collar
- a large tightly stuffed sofa, often upholstered in leather, with straight upholstered arms of the same height as the back
Word Origin for chesterfield
- an industrial town in N central England, in Derbyshire: famous 14th-century church with twisted spire. Pop: 70 260 (2001)
- Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield. 1694–1773, English statesman and writer, noted for his elegance, suavity, and wit; author of Letters to His Son (1774)
Word Origin and History for chesterfield
Derbyshire town, Old English Cesterfelda, literally "open land near a Roman fort," from ceaster "fort" (see Chester) + feld "open land" (see field (n.)). The cigarette brand was named for Chesterfield County, Virginia, U.S. As a kind of overcoat and a kind of sofa (both 19c.), the name comes from earls of Chesterfield. Philip Stanhope, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773) was the writer on manners and etiquette.