Definition of couchette in English:


Syllabification: cou·chette
Pronunciation: /ko͞oˈSHet


  • 1A European railroad car with seats convertible into sleeping berths.
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    • At Belgrade I was left looking after the luggage while my husband went off to organize a couchette or wagon-lit for the rest of the journey.
    • We had couchettes (lie down chairs) on this train, but I slept poorly because of all the stops we were making.
    • To avoid hotel bills, we took overnight trains and booked couchettes.
  • 1.1A berth in a couchette.
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    • The company takes off on the sleeper - cue for much squabbling among the bunk-hopping young lovers as to who sleeps with whom in which couchette - which makes a timely departure in a convincing billow of smoke.
    • Sleeping on overnight trains is common (though couchettes cost extra).
    • The fully loaded walk through five cars to the couchettes was amazing.


1920s: French, literally 'little bed', diminutive of couche 'a couch'.

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