chair - armchair

chair - armchair
A chair is a piece of furniture for one person to sit on, with a support for the person's back. When a chair is a very simple one, you say that someone sits on it.

Anne was sitting on an upright chair.

Sit on this chair, please.

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When a chair is a comfortable one, you usually say that someone sits in it.

He leaned back in his chair and looked out of the window.

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An armchair is a comfortable chair with a support on each side for your arms. You always say that someone sits in an armchair.

He was sitting quietly in his armchair, smoking a pipe and reading the paper.

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Chair — (ch[^a]r), n. [OE. chaiere, chaere, OF. chaiere, chaere, F. chaire pulpit, fr. L. cathedra chair, armchair, a teacher s or professor s chair, Gr. ? down + ? seat, ? to sit, akin to E. sit. See {Sit}, and cf. {Cathedral}, {chaise}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chair days — Chair Chair (ch[^a]r), n. [OE. chaiere, chaere, OF. chaiere, chaere, F. chaire pulpit, fr. L. cathedra chair, armchair, a teacher s or professor s chair, Gr. ? down + ? seat, ? to sit, akin to E. sit. See {Sit}, and cf. {Cathedral}, {chaise}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chair — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. chairperson, man, or woman, convenor, coordinator, moderator, speaker, master of ceremonies, MC, emcee, toastmaster, roastmaster (sl.); seat (See furniture); professorship, judgeship, fellowship. See… …   English dictionary for students

  • armchair — [ärm′cher΄] n. a chair with supports at the sides for one s arms or elbows adj. not based on or working from firsthand experience, direct investigation, etc. [armchair strategy, an armchair detective] armchair quarterback or armchair general a… …   English World dictionary

  • armchair — (n.) also arm chair, 1630s, from ARM (Cf. arm) (n.1) + CHAIR (Cf. chair); adjective sense in reference to criticism of matters in which the critic takes no active part is from 1886 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Armchair detective — is a term used for a fictional investigator who does not himself (or herself) visit the crime scene or interview witnesses; instead, he or she either reads the story of the crime in a newspaper, or has it recounted to him by another person. The… …   Wikipedia

  • Armchair — Arm chair , n. A chair with arms to support the elbows or forearms. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • armchair — ► NOUN 1) a large, upholstered chair with side supports for the sitter s arms. 2) (before another noun ) experiencing something through reading, television, etc. rather than at first hand: an armchair traveller …   English terms dictionary

  • chair — [n1] single seat furniture armchair, bench, cathedra, recliner, rocker, sling*; concept 443 chair [n2] person in or position of authority captain, chairperson, director, fellowship, helm, instructorship, leader, monitor, position of control,… …   New thesaurus

  • Armchair — An armchair is a chair with arm rests.Armchair may also refer to: *Armchair nanotube, a carbon nanotube with chiral symmetry *Armchair, a sitting sex position *Armchair (bus company), a bus operator in London * Armchair , a song by Avail from… …   Wikipedia

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