chesterfield definition by Webster's New World
- a single-breasted topcoat, usually with a fly front and a velvet collar
- a kind of sofa, heavily stuffed and with upright ends
- Cdn. any sofa
Origin: after a 19th-c. Earl of Chesterfield
Chesterfield, 4th Earl of (Philip Dormer Stanhope) 1694-1773; Eng. statesman & writer on manners
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- Chesterfieldian adjective
chesterfield definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A single- or double-breasted overcoat, usually with concealed buttons and a velvet collar.
- Chiefly Northern California & Canada A sofa.
Origin: After a 19th-century earl of Chesterfield.Regional Note: Chesterfield, a term for a sofa, especially a large one with upholstered arms, was probably brought down from Canada, where it is common. In the United States, it was largely limited to the trade region of San Francisco in northern California. According to Craig M. Carver in American Regional Dialects, the word probably comes from the name of a 19th-century earl of Chesterfield and originally referred “specifically to a couch with upright armrests at either end.” It appears to have come into use in Canada around 1903 and in northern California at about the same time.
A city of north-central England south of Sheffield. It is an important industrial center. Population: 70,200.
, Fourth Earl of. Title of Philip Dormer Stanhope. 1694-1773.
English politician and writer best known for Letters to His Son (1774), which portrays the ideal 18th-century gentleman.