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couchette

[koo-shet]
noun Railroads.
  1. a sleeping berth in a passenger compartment that can be collapsed to form a benchlike seat for daytime use.
  2. a compartment containing such berths.
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Origin of couchette

From French; see origin at couch, -ette
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British Dictionary definitions for couchette

couchette

noun
  1. a bed in a railway carriage, esp one converted from seats
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Word Origin for couchette

C20: from French, diminutive of couche bed
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