a long, upholstered couch with a back and two arms or raised ends.

Origin of sofa

1615–25; < Turkish < Arabic ṣuffah platform used as a seat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sofa

Contemporary Examples of sofa

Historical Examples of sofa

  • And then she saw, on the sofa at one side of the place, a human form under a sheet.

  • He was placed upon a sofa in the dining-room from which he never moved.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Then she lay down herself on the sofa beside her bed, sorely exhausted.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Then she sat down in the corner of the sofa, exhausted but alert.

  • She makes me nervous sitting there on that sofa staring at me!

British Dictionary definitions for sofa



an upholstered seat with back and arms for two or more people

Word Origin for sofa

C17 (in the sense: dais upholstered as a seat): from Arabic suffah
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Word Origin and History for sofa

1620s, "raised section of a floor, covered with carpets and cushions," from Turkish sofa, from Arabic suffah "bench of stone or wood; a couch." Meaning "long stuffed seat for reclining" is recorded from 1717.

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