21 February 2016

Chaise longue

A chaise longue is an upholstered sofa in the shape of a chair that is long enough to support the legs. In modern French the term chaise longue can refer to any long reclining chair such as a deckchair. A literal translation in English is "long chair".  In the United States, chaise longue is often written and pronounced as "chaise lounge", a 19th century folk anagrammatic adaptation of the term.
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1 comment:

  1. Hello,

    In France, this kind of sofa is commonly called a "méridienne" (to take a nap in the middle of the day). "Chaise-longue" is used for the deckchair, or "transat". The meaning of words is evolving...



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