a seat for two or more persons, having a back and usually arms, and often upholstered.

Origin of settee

First recorded in 1710–20; perhaps variant of settle2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for settee

sofa, settle, davenport, divan

Examples from the Web for settee

Historical Examples of settee

  • The priest still lingered on the settee when the Baroness rose.

  • "Issy" sprang from his settee and jammed the paper novel into his pocket.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Captain Kendrick sat upright on the settee, beneath the locust tree.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • He led the way to the settee by the calico and dress goods counter.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "That" was a kick that doubled the cur up against the settee.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for settee



a seat, for two or more people, with a back and usually with arms

Word Origin for settee

C18: changed from settle ²
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Word Origin and History for settee

"long seat with back and arms," 1716, perhaps a variant of settle (n.), or a diminutive of set (v.) "act of setting."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper