an inexpensive berth on a European train, consisting of a shelflike bed that folds down to allow passengers to sleep in their clothes: there are usually four couchettes in a first-class compartment and six in a second-class compartment
Origin of couchetteFr, diminutive of couche, couch
- A compartment on a European passenger train equipped with four to six berths for sleeping.
- A sleeping berth in one of these compartments.
Origin of couchetteFrench, diminutive of couche, bed, from Old French; see couch.