Definition of chaise in English:


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  • 1mainly historical A horse-drawn carriage for one or two people, typically one with an open top and two wheels.

    ‘As a son of Mr Hurrill's of Brandon Hall, Essex (probably Brundon Hall) was returning from Hedingham in a single horse chaise with his two sisters the horse proved unruly’
    • ‘I heard by a waggoner that there was a person who he saw follow the chaise, he described him, and by that means I found him out’
    • ‘Mr Busk as usual, got out of the chaise and walked up the hill to save the horse - one of the chickens escaped, the boy alighted to capture it, and, possibly due to the noise of the chicken, the chaise horse bolted’
    1. 1.1
      another term for post-chaise
      ‘When Beekman purchased his coach from his agent in London, he was already the proud possessor of a chaise, a chariot, and a phaeton.’
      • ‘I got out of my chaise and went to the prisoner, who was sitting on horseback, and called him, I believe, a rascal or a scoundrel, or something of that sort; he made me no reply’
      • ‘In the evening a Hackney Chaisman drove his horse and chaise into the watering place in Barrack St,’
  • 2US

    short for chaise longue

    ‘In the center of the room was a seating arrangement with four chairs, three sofas, one chaise, and five cherry oak coffee tables, all centered around an amazing brick fireplace.’
    • ‘A pair of old-fashioned twin beds, a vintage dressing table, and a chaise from her grandmother's days are attractive and utilitarian, and they fit perfectly with the house's architecture and era.’
    • ‘I entered the large sitting room where two lounge chairs, a chaise, and a leather sofa stood in a circle behind the beautiful black Yamaha baby grand.’
    • ‘I can recommend chaise longues or sofa beds, but cannot source a left-hand facing chaise that converts into a sofa bed - the idea being that a chaise is, to some extent, used as a day bed, anyway.’
    • ‘Four new buildings sit along on a pretty, sandy beach with many palm trees, lots of hammocks and chaises, a bar, and a full restaurant.’
    • ‘Other images bask in incongruity, as when a hulking elk lounges in a wicker chaise at what might be a company picnic.’
    • ‘Every inch of ceiling space had been used to suspend drying herbs, and there was a small fireplace in one corner, with several chairs and a chaise scattered around it.’
    • ‘I took a more feminine approach and lay on the chaise beside his chair, crossing my legs at the ankles and placing my hands behind my head.’
    • ‘Then, he hauled himself up onto the seat of a chaise, jumped down the other side onto the road, and raced after the child.’
    • ‘Madeline took a seat on the chaise as Mrs. Bernadette continued her sewing.’
    • ‘True, no one's swapping straight-backed seats for velvet chaises so movie patrons can prop themselves in the grape-peeling poses of the ancient Romans.’
    • ‘And then, at the end of the room closest to the street, there was a chaise covered in a floral print, with an old framed lithograph of flowers hanging on the wall beside it, and a terrific collection of plants by the window.’
    • ‘Aimee looked over at the chaise and noticed Adam sitting.’
    • ‘Joshua jumped, he fell over the chaise and hit his head on the table on the way down.’
    • ‘If more furniture is needed, consider a cozy upholstered chair and ottoman or chaise, and create a reading nook in one corner.’
    • ‘Tiptoeing out into the hall, she sought her way through a maze of guest rooms until she reached a large sitting room she recognized instantly because of the yellow striped chaises beneath the windows.’
    • ‘Seated next to Ellen Tallman on one of Bob's long, low elegant chaises, they looked like the emperor and empress of some mythical nation of poetry.’
    • ‘While Meg sat herself down on a chaise, Celia opened the curtains and let the morning's sun enter and brighten the room.’
    • ‘They'll be doing all the heavy lifting while I lie around on a chaise in marabou slippers sipping champagne, occasionally tossing out tipsy asides while trying not to slosh my drink.’
    • ‘She's added a chaise to her living room since the last time I fondled her belongings, so I had some alone time with it yesterday.’



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Mid 17th century from French, variant of chaire (see chair).