noun (plural chaises longues pronunc. same)
- A sofa with a backrest at only one end.More example sentences
- The Lady of Shalott and Babar the Elephant looked down side by side from one wall; ermine drapes clashed with mauve wallpaper; a turquoise chaise longue abutted a burgundy sofa.
- Other than the bed and the chaise longue, the only other significant piece of furniture was a dresser with a mirror, but the room overflowed with rich tapestries and carpets.
- Overhead, a landing with wooden floor extends the length of the house and could easily hold a chaise longue or set of bookcases.
early 19th century: French, literally 'long chair'.
The unfamiliar-looking spellinɡ of chaise longue (‘long chair’ in French) has led many people to interpret it as the more English chaise lounge. This is regarded as an error in British English but is a common and accepted variant in US English.
More definitions of chaise longueDefinition of chaise longue in:
- The US English dictionary