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



davenport (plural davenports)

  1. A large sofa, especially a formal one.
    • 1922, Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt
      He blundered into the living-room, lay on the davenport, hands behind his head.
  2. A writing desk.
    • 1894, E. Somerville, Martin Ross The Real Charlotte
      Then she went into the house, and, sitting down at the davenport in the dining—room, got out a sheet of her best notepaper, and wrote a note to Pamela Dysart in her strong, commercially clear hand.
    • 1944, Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler Double Indemnity (screenplay)
      He crosses to the davenport to get the policies from his briefcase,