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A chair with side structures to support the arms or elbows.
1. Not actively involved in or responsible for something, while nonetheless inclined to offer opinions or advice: "that greatest weapon of all armchair generals—hindsight" (Brooks D. Simpson).
2. Taking part vicariously, as through reading: armchair detectives; an armchair traveler.


1. (Furniture) a chair, esp an upholstered one, that has side supports for the arms or elbows
2. (modifier) taking no active part; lacking practical experience; theoretical: an armchair strategist.
3. (modifier) participated in away from the place of action or in the home: armchair theatre.



1. a chair with sidepieces or arms to support a person's forearms or elbows.
2. theorizing without the benefit of practical experience: an armchair strategist.
3. participating vicariously: an armchair traveler.


1. 'chair'

A chair is a piece of furniture for one person to sit on, with a support for the person's back. When a chair is a very simple one, you say that someone sits on it.

Anne was sitting on an upright chair.
Sit on this chair, please.

When a chair is a comfortable one, you usually say that someone sits in it.

He leaned back in his chair and looked out of the window.
2. 'armchair'

An armchair is a comfortable chair with a support on each side for your arms. You always say that someone sits in an armchair.

He was sitting quietly in his armchair, smoking a pipe and reading the paper.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.armchair - chair with a support on each side for armsarmchair - chair with a support on each side for arms
arm - the part of an armchair or sofa that supports the elbow and forearm of a seated person
captain's chair - a wooden armchair with a saddle seat and a low back that has vertical spindles
chair - a seat for one person, with a support for the back; "he put his coat over the back of the chair and sat down"
easy chair, lounge chair, overstuffed chair - a comfortable upholstered armchair
fauteuil - an upholstered armchair
Morris chair - an armchair with an adjustable back
recliner, reclining chair, lounger - an armchair whose back can be lowered and foot can be raised to allow the sitter to recline in it
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A. Nsillón m
B. CPD armchair general Ngeneral mf de salón
armchair strategist Nestratega mf de salón, estratega mf de café


nfauteuil m
modif [fan, supporter, tourist] → de salon


nSessel m, → Lehnstuhl m
adj armchair philosopherStubengelehrte(r) mf; armchair politicianStammtischpolitiker(in) m(f); armchair strategistStammtisch- or Salonstratege m/-strategin f; he is an armchair traveller (Brit) or traveler (US) → er reist nur mit dem Finger auf der Landkarte (inf)


[ˈɑːmˌtʃɛəʳ] npoltrona


(aːm) noun
1. the part of the body between the shoulder and the hand. He has broken both his arms.
2. anything shaped like or similar to this. She sat on the arm of the chair.
ˈarmful noun
as much as a person can hold in one arm or in both arms. an armful of flowers/clothes.
ˈarmband noun
a strip of cloth etc worn round the arm. The people all wore black armbands as a sign of mourning.
ˈarmchair noun
a chair with arms at each side.
ˈarmpit noun
the hollow under the arm at the shoulder.
ˌarm-in-ˈarm adverb
(of two or more people) with arms linked together. They walked along arm-in-arm.
keep at arm's length
to avoid becoming too friendly with someone. She keeps her new neighbours at arm's length.
with open arms
with a very friendly welcome. He greeted them with open arms.


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She was certain, however, that she saw him sitting in the ancestral armchair, near the centre of the floor, with his face somewhat averted, and looking towards a window.
He kept his eyes fixed on the orator, who sat in an armchair, his head leaning on his hand and his attitude indicating exhaustion.
There was the great four-post bed with amber hangings as of old; there the toilet- table, the armchair, and the footstool, at which I had a hundred times been sentenced to kneel, to ask pardon for offences by me uncommitted.
It's the strangest house any one ever lived in," said Mary drowsily, as she dropped her head on the cushioned seat of the armchair near her.
My sister looked at Pumblechook: who smoothed the elbows of his wooden armchair, and nodded at her and at the fire, as if he had known all about it beforehand.
He opened the door wide to admit Dolly, but without otherwise returning her greeting than by moving the armchair a few inches as a sign that she was to sit down in it.
No, my darling," he said, putting her into a capacious wooden armchair and busily unbuttoning her boots, "you shall do nothing that you don't wish to do.
The squire had had everything repaired, and the public rooms and the sign repainted, and had added some furniture--above all a beautiful armchair for mother in the bar.
Ribby settled Duchess in an armchair before the fire, and went out and hurried to the village to look for the doctor.
From these indications it is easy to imagine Madame Granson in her cold salon with its yellow curtains and Utrecht velvet furniture, also yellow, as she straightened the round straw mats which were placed before each chair, that visitors might not soil the red-tiled floor while they sat there; after which she returned to her cushioned armchair and little work-table placed beneath the portrait of the lieutenant-colonel of artillery between two windows,--a point from which her eye could rake the rue du Bercail and see all comers.
Phileas Fogg was seated squarely in his armchair, his feet close together like those of a grenadier on parade, his hands resting on his knees, his body straight, his head erect; he was steadily watching a complicated clock which indicated the hours, the minutes, the seconds, the days, the months, and the years.
de Treville entered the king's cabinet boldly, and found his Majesty in a very ill humor, seated on an armchair, beating his boot with the handle of his whip.