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

Nearby words

  1. soerabaja,
  2. soerakarta,
  3. soest,
  4. soever,
  5. sof,
  6. sofa bed,
  7. sofa surfing,
  8. sofa table,
  9. sofa-bed,
  10. sofar

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

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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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