[ soh-fuh ]
/ ˈsoʊ fə /


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

British Dictionary definitions for sofa


/ (ˈsəʊfə) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper