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chesterfield

[ches-ter-feeld]
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noun
  1. (sometimes initial capital letter) a single- or double-breasted topcoat or overcoat with a fly front and a narrow velvet collar.
  2. a large, overstuffed sofa or divan with a back and upholstered arms.
  3. Chiefly Canadian. any large sofa or couch.
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Origin of chesterfield

First recorded in 1885–90; named after an Earl of Chesterfield in the 19th century

Chesterfield

[ches-ter-feeld]
noun
  1. Philip Dor·mer Stan·hope [dawr-mer stan-uh p] /ˈdɔr mər ˈstæn əp/, 4th Earl of,1694–1773, British statesman and author.
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Related Words for chesterfield

chair, 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

    Royall Tyler

  • 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

    Sax Rohmer


British Dictionary definitions for chesterfield

chesterfield

noun
  1. a man's knee-length overcoat, usually with a fly front to conceal the buttons and having a velvet collar
  2. a large tightly stuffed sofa, often upholstered in leather, with straight upholstered arms of the same height as the back
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Word Origin for chesterfield

C19: named after a 19th-century Earl of Chesterfield

Chesterfield

1
noun
  1. an industrial town in N central England, in Derbyshire: famous 14th-century church with twisted spire. Pop: 70 260 (2001)
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Chesterfield

2
noun
  1. 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)
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Word Origin and History for chesterfield

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.

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