from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of small writing-desk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A kind of small writing table, generally somewhat ornamental, and forming a piece of furniture for the parlor or boudoir.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A large sofa, especially a formal one.
  • noun A writing desk.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a small decorative writing desk
  • noun a city in eastern Iowa on the Mississippi River across from Moline and Rock Island
  • noun a large sofa usually convertible into a bed


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Sofa sense was named for the now defunct furniture manufacturer A.H. Davenport Company.


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  • This reminds me of my grandpa, with his big beautiful hands that could drive a nail with one stroke of the hammer.

    And the davenport always had an afghan draped over the back.

    September 17, 2007

  • What a lovely memory. :-)

    September 17, 2007

  • As heard in . . .

    The Big Store

    December 5, 2007

  • When I hear Davenport, it reminds me of:

    -A sofa in Grandma's living room

    -The city in Iowa

    -Dawn Davenport from John Waters 'Female Trouble'

    September 26, 2008