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[soh-fuh] /ˈsoʊ fə/
a long, upholstered couch with a back and two arms or raised ends.
Origin of sofa
1615-25; < Turkish < Arabic ṣuffah platform used as a seat Unabridged
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  • He led her to a sofa on one side of the hall and took a seat beside her.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • He was placed upon a sofa in the dining-room from which he never moved.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • The central couch or sofa (lectus medius) was the first place.

  • Then she lay down herself on the sofa beside her bed, sorely exhausted.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • He wanted to sleep on the sofa down-stairs, but I wouldnt let him.

    The Wayfarers Mary Stewart Cutting
British Dictionary definitions for sofa


an upholstered seat with back and arms for two or more people
Word Origin
C17 (in the sense: dais upholstered as a seat): from Arabic suffah
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Word Origin and History for sofa

1620s, "raised section of a floor, covered with carpets and cushions," from Turkish sofa, from Arabic suffah "bench of stone or wood; a couch." Meaning "long stuffed seat for reclining" is recorded from 1717.

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