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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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  • Then she set either her homemade detector or a commercial one in each apartment near a typical bug haven, such as the sofa.
  • They would stumble about on the queen-size sofa in her room, neither of them really knowing what to do.
  • They slept in the same bed because she could not tell him to use the sofa and because she liked having them beside her.
  • We sat side by side on a sofa in the corner of the lobby and watched the snowflakes dance outside the window.
  • Then he slumped into a sofa, pressing his fists against his forehead.
  • Though he is animated by ideas, he would never plop two characters on a sofa and have them expound rival philosophies.
  • In the peach-shaded lights, the wan rosiness of a beaten sofa was visible.
  • Netbooks are great for browsing the web on the sofa, or tapping out a report on the plane.
  • The modern spectator, whether in the ground or on the sofa, is losing the attention span to appreciate such superhuman efforts.
  • All while relaxing on the sofa with a cup of coffee.
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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