a seat for two or more persons, having a back and usually arms, and often upholstered.

1710–20; perhaps variant of settle2 Unabridged
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settee (sɛˈtiː)
a seat, for two or more people, with a back and usually with arms
[C18: changed from settle²]

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Word Origin & History

"long seat with back and arms," 1716, perhaps a variant of settle (n.), or a dim. of set (v.) "act of setting."
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an upholstered seat with back and arms (sometimes upholstered), designed to accommodate two or more people in a sitting or reclining position. The earliest surviving types, dating back to the 17th century in Europe, have sides that let down for conversion into a bed. Variations of backrests and armrests appeared, and the precedent, still followed in the 21st century, was established of making the settee part of a matched set of chairs.

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Example sentences
The policeman had been standing on the settee staring out, craning to see who
  was at the door.
The family huddled on a wooden settee and in plastic chairs around a brazier of
  burning coals on the concrete floor to keep warm.
A-Woodworkers know that some woods are better than others for different parts
  of a chair or settee.
Often deeper than a sofa, or slim as a twin bed with or without sides, it's
  more a generous settee than a one-sided chaise.
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