What do you call the piece of furniture below?
The answer is a little complicated. Different people use different words for it. Some call it sofa, some call it couch, some call it settee, and some give it other names.
A sofa/couch consists of two or more cushion seats, a high or low back, and usually two armrests. It is usually upholstered and is often fitted with springs and cushions.
The most common type of sofa/couch is the two-seater, designed for seating two persons, but there are three-seater and four-seater varieties too.
Sofas are usually found in the living room, but they can also be found in non-residential settings such as hotels, lobbies of commercial offices, waiting rooms, and bars.
Sofa /ˈsəʊfə/ is by far the more common word in British English. The second-most common word is settee /seˈtiː/ which is three times less popular than sofa. Couch /kaʊtʃ/ is the third choice.
The word couch is mostly used in Ireland, North America, South Africa and Australia. Couch is the most popular word in the USA, but the word sofa is quite common too. It is only a little less popular than couch.
There are some other words that can be more or less synonymous with sofa/couch. Here are some of them: chesterfield (Canada), divan, davenport, love seat, lounge, and canapé.
The word sofa comes from Turkish and is derived from the Arabic word suffa (“wool”) which comes from the Aramaic word sippa (“mat”).
The word couch originated in Middle English from the Old French noun “couche”, which comes from the verb “coucher” meaning “to lie down”.
The word settee comes from the Old English word, setl.
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