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 (rā′kəm-yā′, rā-käm-)
A couch or daybed typically having a high curved headboard and a low or absent footboard.

[After Jeanne Françoise Julie Adélaïde Bernard Récamierwho was depicted reclining on such a couch in a portrait by Jacques Louis David.]


(Furniture) a chaise longue of the type that the famous literary Frenchwoman Madame Récamier (1777–1849) liked to lie on


(ˌreɪ kəˈmyeɪ)

a usu. backless couch having curved arms often of unequal height.
[1920–25; after Madame Récamier]


(ˌreɪ kæmˈyeɪ)

Madame (Jeanne Françoise Julie Adélaïde Bernard), 1777–1849, influential French salon hostess.
References in classic literature ?
With all this feasting and flirting and merry exchange of wit Bogle's came mighty near being a salon, with Aileen for its Madame Recamier.
Note his Madame Recamier, which Goldberg commenced in 1956 by copying Jacques-Louis David's elegant portrait only to obliterate the copy with turbulent marks; or his Greasy Spoon of 1960, whose title lends a down-market flavor to the canvas's viscous drips.
Madame Recamier by Magritte and (inset) by David, and (below) the St Salio Cycle
Similarly, after reading Tentative d'epuisement d'un lieu parisien, one tends to see the world as primarily a collection of discrete things--buses, cars, shopfronts, cafe terraces, carrier bags, neon signs, "Hotel Recamier," "KLM," "Rue du Vieux-Colombier" "St-Raphael," "Cityrama," etc.
The French gynaecologist Recamier described the invasion of the bloodstreamby cancer cells in 1839, coining the word metastasis (cancer spread).
A young french boy he is a red-haired descendant of the niece of Madame Recamier went to America for two weeks most unexpectedly and I said to him what did you notice most over there.
Beginning with the Revolution, therefore, and with a few notable exceptions (the post-Restoration salon of Juliette Recamier in particular), the clientele of Parisian salons reflected the political cleavages of the era: legitimist, Bonapartist, Orleanist, Republican, and all their intermediary variations.
He describes how "Miss Knight drifted into a Berlin cafe one night, looking to strangers much like a heavy-set, be-barbered traveling salesman from Holland or America" (6); at a queer drag ball dressed as Madame Recamier, "Miss Knight's bulky shoulders showed like the white flesh of a newly bathed coal heaver above all the glitter of her gown" (12).
The woman of the moment, Juliette Recamier, turned out to be one of the few, but Constant's experience was sufficient to give the remark authority as a generalization.
Other home furnishings creations included a matelasse-covered bookshelf ottoman with contrast pillows designed by Christopher Coleman; an ottoman trimmed in rickrack by Chris Kraig; and a recamier with a coordinating throw by Priscilla Ulmann.