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Davenport

[dav-uh n-pawrt, -pohrt] /ˈdæv ənˌpɔrt, -ˌpoʊrt/
noun
1.
John, 1597–1670, Puritan clergyman: one of the founders of New Haven.
2.
a city in E Iowa, on the Mississippi River.
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davenport

/ˈdævənˌpɔːt/
noun
1.
(mainly 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
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 j. davenport

davenport

n.

"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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Encyclopedia Article for j. davenport

davenport

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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