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[dav-uh n-pawrt, -pohrt]
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  1. a large sofa, often one convertible into a bed.
  2. Chiefly British. a small writing desk.
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Origin of davenport

First recorded in 1850–55; the desk is said to be named after a Captain Davenport who first commissioned it


[dav-uh n-pawrt, -pohrt]
  1. John,1597–1670, Puritan clergyman: one of the founders of New Haven.
  2. a city in E Iowa, on the Mississippi River.
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  1. mainly British a tall narrow desk with a slanted writing surface and drawers at the side
  2. US and Canadian a large sofa, esp one convertible into a bed
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Word Origin

C19: sense 1 said to be named after Captain Davenport, who commissioned the first ones
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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).

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