swivel chair



a chair whose seat turns around horizontally on a swivel.

Origin of swivel chair

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for swivel chair

Historical Examples of swivel chair

  • The end of the table, the tray and the swivel-chair I had right under my eyes.


    Joseph Conrad

  • She was sitting in the swivel-chair, but her head had fallen forward on the table.

    In Jeopardy

    Van Tassel Sutphen

  • He arose from his swivel-chair briskly and floated Peter out before him.


    T.S. Stribling

  • Maida sat in her swivel-chair and wistfully watched the scene in the court.

    Maida's Little Shop

    Inez Haynes Irwin

  • He leaned back in his swivel-chair, and stared hard at the ceiling.

    Red Pepper's Patients

    Grace S. Richmond

British Dictionary definitions for swivel chair

swivel chair


a chair, the seat of which is joined to the legs by a swivel and which thus may be spun round
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