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[ches-ter-feeld] /ˈtʃɛs tərˌfild/
(sometimes initial capital letter) a single- or double-breasted topcoat or overcoat with a fly front and a narrow velvet collar.
a large, overstuffed sofa or divan with a back and upholstered arms.
Chiefly Canadian. any large sofa or couch.
Origin of chesterfield
1885-90; named after an Earl of Chesterfield in the 19th century


[ches-ter-feeld] /ˈtʃɛs tərˌfild/
Philip Dormer Stanhope
[dawr-mer stan-uh p] /ˈdɔr mər ˈstæn əp/ (Show IPA),
4th Earl of, 1694–1773, British statesman and author. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for chesterfield
Historical Examples
  • He was not much of a chesterfield; but he had his own ways, and they gave me a thrill.

    From Pillar to Post John Kendrick Bangs
  • In the fashion of the age of chesterfield they portray the perfect gentleman.

  • He was with chesterfield, who was to have had a large party.

    The Greville Memoirs Charles C. F. Greville
  • In 1815 it was moved to Cobbs, chesterfield County, to be open to the public.

    The Deaf Harry Best
  • Such must have been the speeches of chesterfield, she thought, in this same House of Lords more than a century and a half ago.

  • It's to be landed and cached on the shores of chesterfield Inlet.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • When about half-way from Mansfield to chesterfield, a remarkable change came over the face of the landscape.

  • I turned about, and there stood my companion at chesterfield.

    Tales Of The Trains Charles James Lever
  • Few English writers have suffered more injustice in popular estimation than chesterfield.

    A Letter Book George Saintsbury
  • It was soon known that these papers were 15 written by chesterfield.

    Macaulay's Life of Samuel Johnson Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for chesterfield


a man's knee-length overcoat, usually with a fly front to conceal the buttons and having a velvet collar
a large tightly stuffed sofa, often upholstered in leather, with straight upholstered arms of the same height as the back
Word Origin
C19: named after a 19th-century Earl of Chesterfield


an industrial town in N central England, in Derbyshire: famous 14th-century church with twisted spire. Pop: 70 260 (2001)


Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield. 1694–1773, English statesman and writer, noted for his elegance, suavity, and wit; author of Letters to His Son (1774)
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Word Origin and History for chesterfield


Derbyshire town, Old English Cesterfelda, literally "open land near a Roman fort," from ceaster "fort" (see Chester) + feld "open land" (see field (n.)). The cigarette brand was named for Chesterfield County, Virginia, U.S. As a kind of overcoat and a kind of sofa (both 19c.), the name comes from earls of Chesterfield. Philip Stanhope, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773) was the writer on manners and etiquette.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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