chaise longue

chaise longue

[sheyz lawng, cheyz; French shez lawng]
noun, plural chaise longues French, chaises longues [shez lawng] .
a chair, with or without arms, for reclining, having a seat lengthened to form a complete leg rest and sometimes an adjustable back.
Also, chaise lounge [sheyz lounj, cheyz] .


Origin:
1790–1800; < French: long chair; chaise lounge by folk etymology

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chaise longue (ˈʃeɪz ˈlɒŋ, French ʃɛz lɔ̃ɡ)
 
n , pl chaise longues, chaises longues
a long low chair for reclining, with a back and single armrest
 
[C19: from French: long chair]

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chaise longue

a long seat for reclining on. Developed in the 18th century, it closely resembled the daybed of the late 17th century and the bergere armchair, but with an extension of the seat beyond the front of the arms. Some chaise longues, said to be brisee, or broken, were divided into two or three parts, thus forming a chair and stool, sometimes with a separate footrest.

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