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sofa bed

or so·fa-bed, so·fa·bed

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  1. a sofa that can be converted into a bed, either by folding out the seat or by lowering the back to be flush with the seat.
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Origin of sofa bed

First recorded in 1810–20
Also called so·fa-sleep·er, so·fa/sleep·er [soh-fuh-slee-per] /ˈsoʊ fəˌsli pər/.
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Historical Examples

  • Poor Alice had to share my sofa-bed, and, I assure you, it was a tight fit.

    The Girls of St. Wode's

    L. T. Meade

  • Young Peel was obliged to sleep on a sofa-bed, in a kind of cupboard attached to the principal room.

  • The rector took charge of her brother, and had a sofa-bed made for him in the kind man's room.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Each had a tiny dressing-room with a sofa-bed, so it was easy to get up and dress without "brother" knowing.

    Five Minutes' Stories

    Mrs. (Mary Louisa) Molesworth

  • In each was the furniture for one simple room, a sofa-bed being the striking article in the inventory.

British Dictionary definitions for sofa-bed

sofa bed

  1. a sofa that can be converted into a bed
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Word Origin and History for sofa-bed


1805, from sofa + bed (n.).

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