a chair of the 18th century having an adjustable reading stand attached to the back and a crest rail extending forward on both sides to form armrests, designed to be sat on facing the back.
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Origin of reading chair
First recorded in 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for reading chair
Ada had turned so pale that he made her sit down in his reading-chair and sat beside her.Bleak House|Charles Dickens
In one corner was the reading-chair in which Mr. Burnett used to sit.Vain Fortune|George Moore
I threw myself in my reading-chair, and gazed around me with pleasure.The Seaboard Parish, Complete|George MacDonald