chaise longue

An 18th-century French chaise longue.

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chaise longue is a long upholstered chair designed to allow a single person to recline. (We’re not talking about La-Z-Boys—chaises longues have no moving parts.)

Chaises longues exist in many styles, from the 18th-century carved wooden versions made for Marie Antoinette to stark modern styles with metal frames that resemble black leather beach chairs. While modern chaises longues don’t always have arms, most antique versions have an armrest on at least one side.

Chaises longues are often mistakenly referred to as chaise (mispronounced “chase”) lounges. Please don’t do this or you’ll be “chased” right out of the country club.