AskDefine | Define fauteuil

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fauteuil n : an upholstered armchair

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faldestoed, faudestuel, from Frankish *faldistol ‘folding seat’, from Germanic (compare Old High German faldstuol).


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Extensive Definition

A fauteuil is a style of open-arm chair with a primarily exposed wooden frame originating in France in the early eighteenth century. A fauteuil is made of wood, and frequently with carved relief ornament. It is typically upholstered on the seat, the seat back and on the arms (manchettes). Some fauteuils have a valenced front seat rail which is padding that extends slightly over the apron. The exposed wooden elements are often gilded or otherwise painted.

See also

fauteuil in Catalan: Butaca
fauteuil in German: Fauteuil
fauteuil in Spanish: Sillón
fauteuil in French: Fauteuil
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