When is a chaise longue not a chaise longue?
Well, in English the word chaise longue [ˌʃeɪz ˈlɒŋ(ɡ)/ˌʃeɪz ˈlɔŋ] refers to a long kind of seat, like the one pictured above, designed for reclining on. The word chaise longue was borrowed from French and literally means “long chair” [source].
In French the word chaise longue [ʃɛz lɔ̃ɡ] refers to deckchair, sunlounger, lounge chair or chaise longue (in the English sense) [source].
Other kinds of chaise include:
- chaise haute / chaise de bébé = highchair
- chaise pliante = folding chair
- chaise berçante = rocking chair
- chaise roulante = wheelchair
- chaise à porteurs = sedan chair
The word chaise longue appears in quite a few other languages, such as Italian and Portuguese, with the same spelling and the same meaning as in English and French. Another word for this type of chair in Italian is agrippina, named after Agrippina the Elder, the daughter of Marcus Agrippa [source].
Some other ways it’s written include:
- Belarusian: шэзлонг (šezlonh)
- Czech: šezlong
- Georgian: შეზლონგი (šezlongi)
- Japanese: シェーズ・ロング (shēzu-rongu)
- Norwegian: sjeselong
- Polish: szezlong
- Romanian: șezlong
- Russian: шезлонг (šezlong)
- Swedish: schäslong
- Yiddish: שעזלאָנג (shezlong)
By the way, what is the plural of chaise longue?