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chaise longue

[sheyz lawng, cheyz; French shez lawng] /ˌʃeɪz ˈlɔŋ, ˌtʃeɪz; French ʃɛz ˈlɔ̃g/
noun, plural chaise longues French, chaises longues
[shez lawng] /ʃɛz ˈlɔ̃g/ (Show IPA)
1.
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] /ˈʃeɪz ˈlaʊndʒ, ˈtʃeɪz/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < French: long chair; chaise lounge by folk etymology
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British Dictionary definitions for chaises longues

chaise longue

/ˈʃeɪz ˈlɒŋ; French ʃɛz lɔ̃ɡ/
noun (pl) chaise longues, chaises longues (ˈʃeɪz ˈlɒŋ; French) (ʃɛz lɔ̃ɡ)
1.
a long low chair for reclining, with a back and single armrest
Word Origin
C19: from French: long chair
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Encyclopedia Article for chaises longues

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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