A davenport is a piece of furniture that you might lounge on in your living room — it's another name for an upholstered couch or sofa.

Exactly how people describe a davenport depends on where they're from. In some parts of the U.S., a davenport is an especially fancy sofa, while in others it's one that can be converted into a bed. The name comes from a 19th century Massachusetts furniture maker, A.H. Davenport and Company. The family name Davenport goes back to a town in Cheshire, England. Earlier, the word referred to a small desk used for writing letters.

Definitions of davenport
  1. noun
    a large sofa usually convertible into a bed
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    an overstuffed davenport with upright armrests
    type of:
    convertible, sofa bed
    a sofa that can be converted into a bed
  2. noun
    a small decorative writing desk
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    type of:
    a piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments
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