a couch that can be used as a sofa by day and a bed by night.
a couch, especially of the 17th or 18th century, in the form of a usually armless chair, with a greatly elongated seat supported by extra legs and a slanted, sometimes hinged, back, used for reclining or sleeping during the day.

1585–95; day + bed Unabridged
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1. an armless couch; a seat by day and a bed by night 
2. a long chair; for reclining [syn: chaise longue
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The bar area was shrouded in white boudoir curtains, with a chocolate leather daybed nearby.
Both the bed and daybed a rigged for traction and so that she could work lying down.
Her study has two large windows, but her eyes fix on the wall opposite the daybed.
The apartment is a study in opposites where an ornate daybed is offset by the clean lines of geometrically shaped ceramics.
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