One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1North American A large upholstered sofa, typically able to be converted into a bed.
- ‘Lillian sighed and crossed the room to settle on an antique davenport, lifting her eyes to his with a thin smile.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Ben helped Joe to his feet, then walked him to the davenport.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Henry scraped his supper plate into the garbage and then, when everything was put away, and it was all over for another month, sat down on the davenport and switched on the television.’
2British An ornamental writing desk with drawers and a sloping surface for writing.
table, work surface, bureau, writing desk, writing table, roll-top desk, lecternView synonyms
- ‘This Victorian Walnut davenport Desk or Captains Desk has a beautiful birdseye maple interior. The top is covered with a maroon leather surface.’
- ‘The first is a davenport circa 1870, veneered in a number of woods including arbutus and holly.’
- ‘Perfect for the drawing room, living room or study, the Davenport Desk is made from quality mahogany wood and boasts a fine leather top.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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