[dav-uhn-pawrt, -pohrt]

1850–55; the desk is said to be named after a Captain Davenport who first commissioned it

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[dav-uhn-pawrt, -pohrt]
John, 1597–1670, Puritan clergyman: one of the founders of New Haven.
a city in E Iowa, on the Mississippi River.
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davenport (ˈdævənˌpɔːt)
1.  chiefly (Brit) a tall narrow desk with a slanted writing surface and drawers at the side
2.  (US), (Canadian) a large sofa, esp one convertible into a bed
[C19: sense 1 said to be named after Captain Davenport, who commissioned the first ones]

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Word Origin & History

"large upholstered couch," 1897, apparently named for the manufacturer. Earlier (1853) "a kind of small ornamental writing table." The proper name is attested from 12c., from a place in Cheshire (O.E. Devennport).
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in modern usage, a large upholstered settee, but in the 18th century a compact desk having deep drawers on the right side and dummy drawer fronts on the left side. The sloping top of the davenport concealed a fitted well, the front of which protruded beyond the drawers and was supported by a pair of columns on a base, or plinth. The back of the writing area was normally flat and might be protected on three sides by a pierced brass gallery.

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Davenport has a lower cost of living than the national average.
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