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[set-tee] /sɛtˈti/
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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Examples from the web for settee
  • 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.
  • It consisted of a handsome settee or lounge nicely upholstered and cushioned.
  • Seating types: armchair two seat settee, three seat sofa, and accessory tables.
British Dictionary definitions for settee


a seat, for two or more people, with a back and usually with arms
Word Origin
C18: changed from settle²
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Word Origin and History for settee

"long seat with back and arms," 1716, perhaps a variant of settle (n.), or a diminutive of set (v.) "act of setting."

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Encyclopedia Article for settee

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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