- a large sofa, often one convertible into a bed.
- Chiefly British. a small writing desk.
Origin of davenport
- John,1597–1670, Puritan clergyman: one of the founders of New Haven.
- a city in E Iowa, on the Mississippi River.
Examples from the Web for davenport
“You can host a sit-down diner for 140, and the house can accommodate 700 people at a party,” Davenport says proudly.
Since getting out, in May, Davenport says he has been attempting to pick up what he calls normal life.
Five minutes later, wearing a dress shirt and jeans, Davenport appears.
Why, I wonder, is Davenport so obsessed with defining himself as part of the British aristocracy?
Mrs. Davenport has been married 24 years, so this is an issue of marital privacy.The Town Where Your Sex Toy Could Land You in Jail
Emily Shire, Lizzie Crocker
May 30, 2014
Davenport, who never had a thousand dollars of his own at a time!
But if Davenport's hands might go unchanged, he decided that his handwriting should not.
As you ain't Davenport, why, of course, you ain't entitled to it.
"That wasn't offered me; I begged for it," said Davenport, quietly.
"You perceive I have the musty look of a solitary," said Davenport.
- mainly British a tall narrow desk with a slanted writing surface and drawers at the side
- US and Canadian a large sofa, esp one convertible into a bed
Word Origin and History for davenport
"large upholstered couch," 1897, apparently named for the manufacturer. Earlier (1853) "a kind of small ornamental writing table." The proper name is attested from 12c., from a place in Cheshire (Old English Devennport).