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armchair (n.)

also arm-chair, "chair with rests for the elbows," 1630s, from arm (n.1) + chair (n.). Another old name for it was elbow-chair (1650s). The adjectival sense, in reference to "criticism of matters in which the critic takes no active part," is from 1879.

updated on September 25, 2022

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Definitions of armchair from WordNet

armchair (n.)
chair with a support on each side for arms;
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