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A couch, also called a sofa, is a piece of furniture for sitting or reclining. It is designed to seat more than one person, and usually has a back and armrests.

In homes, couches are normally found in the family room, living room, den or the lounge. They will also be found in hotels and parts of commercial offices, waiting rooms, furniture stores, etc.

The term 'couch' is used in North America, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The word is derived from the old French word 'couche', which literally means 'Bed'. It originally denoted an item of furniture for lying or sleeping on, more like a chaise lounge, but now refers to sofas in general.

Other terms synonymous with the above definition of couch are sofa, settee, chesterfield, divan, and canapé. The word sofa is derived from the Arabic word 'suffah', which roughly translates as an upholstered raised platform. The word settee comes from the old English word, 'setl', which was used to describe long benches with high backs and arms, but is now generally used to describe upholstered seating.


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