sofa

A sofa is a piece of furniture that a few people can comfortably sit on together. On a rainy weekend, you and your friends might pile on the sofa to watch scary movies and eat popcorn.

A sofa is similar to a couch — officially, it needs to seat at least three or more people to qualify as a sofa. If only two people can fit, it's a love seat. And if it's only big enough for you and your pet hedgehog, it's an armchair. Sofas are typically upholstered, with a high back and arms. The word originated from Turkish, from an Arabic root, suffa, "bench of stone or wood."

Definitions of sofa
  1. noun
    an upholstered seat for more than one person
    synonyms: couch, lounge
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    convertible, sofa bed
    a sofa that can be converted into a bed
    daybed, divan bed
    an armless couch; a seat by day and a bed by night
    divan
    a long backless sofa (usually with pillows against a wall)
    love seat, loveseat, tete-a-tete, vis-a-vis
    small sofa that seats two people
    settee
    a small sofa
    squab
    a soft padded sofa
    davenport
    a large sofa usually convertible into a bed
    day bed, studio couch
    convertible consisting of an upholstered couch that can be converted into a double bed
    type of:
    seat
    furniture that is designed for sitting on
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