One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
as modifier Denoting a chair or sofa with a quilted back, the stitching being hidden by buttons.‘a button-back antique chair’
- ‘The company has a less authentic, but grand-looking, button-back Chesterfield bedstead, in Alcantara faux-suede or real leather, priced from £2,000.’
- ‘She favoured floral chintz, velvet button-back chairs and mahogany antiques.’
- ‘If I see a woman with thighs that resemble a button-back settee, I feel rather smug.’
- ‘This lovely Victorian button back sofa chaise is in excellent condition, covered in dusky pink velvet.’
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