davenport

[ dav-uhn-pawrt, -pohrt ]
/ ˈdæv ənˌpɔrt, -ˌpoʊrt /

noun

a large sofa, often one convertible into a bed.
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

Definition for davenport (2 of 2)

Davenport
[ dav-uhn-pawrt, -pohrt ]
/ ˈdæv ənˌpɔrt, -ˌpoʊrt /

noun

John, 1597–1670, Puritan clergyman: one of the founders of New Haven.
a city in E Iowa, on the Mississippi River.
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British Dictionary definitions for davenport

davenport
/ (ˈdævənˌpɔːt) /

noun

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 for davenport

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