Definition of davenport in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdav(ə)npɔːt/


1British An ornamental writing desk with drawers and a sloping surface for writing.
Probably named after Captain Davenport, for whom early examples of this type of desk were made in the late 18th century
Example sentences
  • With a range of furnishings, from chiffonier, davenport and farthingale chairs to fauteuil and ottomans, aesthetes can choose from a wide range at the exhibition.
  • The first is a davenport circa 1870, veneered in a number of woods including arbutus and holly.
  • I was just beginning high school then, reading books on a davenport in my parents' living room, and I cannot tell you how vastly my loneliness was deepened.
2North American A large heavily upholstered sofa.
Perhaps from a manufacturer's name
Example sentences
  • The most commonly illustrated combinations of sofa and bed in the nineteenth century were the bed lounge, the bed couch, and the davenport sofa bed.
  • The last major invention in sofa beds was the result of customers' requests of an upholsterer named Bernard Castro to produce a davenport sofa bed that looked and worked well.
  • Lillian sighed and crossed the room to settle on an antique davenport, lifting her eyes to his with a thin smile.

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