Definition for SO'FA

SO'FA, n. [probably an Oriental word. Qu. Sw. söfva, to lull to sleep.]

An elegant long seat, usually with a stuffed bottom. Sofas are variously made. In the United States, the frame is of mahogany, and the bottom formed of stuffed cloth with a covering of silk, chintz, calico or hair-cloth; sometimes on springs. The sofa of the Orientals is a kind of alcove raised half a foot above the floor, where visitors of distinction are received. It is also a seat by the side of the room covered with a carpet.

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