love seat

love seat

noun
a chair or small upholstered sofa for two persons.
Also called courting chair.


Origin:
1900–05

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love seat
 
n
a small upholstered sofa for two people

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love seat

wide chair capable of, if not necessarily designed for, accommodating two people, whose intentions are implied in the name. The makers of early examples, in the late 17th and the 18th centuries, were not motivated by the amorous considerations with which later generations have credited them; their concern was allowing more space for the ample dresses of the period

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