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[dav-uh n-pawrt, -pohrt] /ˈdæv ənˌpɔrt, -ˌpoʊrt/
a large sofa, often one convertible into a bed.
Chiefly British. a small writing desk.
Origin of davenport
1850-55; the desk is said to be named after a Captain Davenport who first commissioned it


[dav-uh n-pawrt, -pohrt] /ˈdæv ənˌpɔrt, -ˌpoʊrt/
John, 1597–1670, Puritan clergyman: one of the founders of New Haven.
a city in E Iowa, on the Mississippi River. Unabridged
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  • Miss davenport slipped the paper into her pocket and returned to the cab.

    Mortmain Arthur Cheny Train
  • "You perceive I have the musty look of a solitary," said davenport.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • Old Lady Hayes was staying with her niece, who had married a certain Mr. davenport, and had one son.

    The Rubicon E. F. Benson
  • "I can't speak in regard to pain and anguish," said davenport.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • Lenny had told him of the trouble the colonel was having with Dr. davenport.

    The Foreign Hand Tie Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for davenport


(mainly Brit) a tall narrow desk with a slanted writing surface and drawers at the side
(US & Canadian) a large sofa, esp one convertible into a bed
Word Origin
C19: sense 1 said to be named after Captain Davenport, who commissioned the first ones
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Word Origin and History for davenport

"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 (Old English Devennport).

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