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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun seat:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb seat:


Seat is sometimes a misspelling of cease, sit or street.

The word seat is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun seat

What does seat mean as a name of something?

Seat is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: seats

  1. a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane)
  2. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
  3. furniture that is designed for sitting on
    • example: there were not enough seats for all the guests
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: article of furniture / furniture / piece of furniture = furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy
    • more specific terms:
      • bench = a long seat for more than one person
      • bench = the seat for judges in a courtroom
      • box seat / box = the driver's seat on a coach
      • box seat = a special seat in a theater or grandstand box
      • chair = a seat for one person, with a support for the back
      • hassock / ottoman / pouffe / pouf / puff = thick cushion used as a seat
      • lounge / couch / sofa = an upholstered seat for more than one person
      • stool = a simple seat without a back or arms
      • toilet seat = the hinged seat on a toilet
    • instance: Siege Perilous = the legendary seat at King Arthur's Round Table reserved for the knight who would find the Holy Grail
    • part: upholstery = covering (padding and springs and webbing and fabric) on a piece of furniture
    • member of: seating / seating area / seating room / seats = an area that includes places where several people can sit
  4. any support where you can sit (especially the part of a chair or bench etc. on which you sit)
    • example: he dusted off the seat before sitting down
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: support = any device that bears the weight of another thing
    • more specific terms:
      • backbench = any of the seats occupied by backbenchers in the House of Commons
      • backseat = a seat at the back of a vehicle
      • balloon seat / bell seat = a seat that has a bell shape
      • bicycle seat / saddle = a seat for the rider of a bicycle
      • boatswain's chair / bosun's chair = a seat consisting of a board and a rope
      • bucket seat = a low single seat as in cars or planes
      • car seat = a seat in a car
      • chair = a particular seat in an orchestra
      • cockpit = seat where the driver sits while driving a racing car
      • crossbench = any of the seats in the House of Commons used by members who do not vote regularly with either the government or the Opposition
      • ejection seat / ejector seat / capsule = a pilot's seat in an airplane that can be forcibly ejected in the case of an emergency
      • front bench = any of the front seats in the House of Commons that are reserved for ministers or former ministers
      • houdah / howdah = a (usually canopied) seat for riding on the back of a camel or elephant
      • jump seat = a folding seat in an automobile
      • pillion = a seat behind the rider of a horse or motorbike etc.
      • plane seat = a seat on a commercial airliner
      • rumble = a servant's seat (or luggage compartment) in the rear of a carriage
      • rumble seat = a folding outside seat in the back of some early cars
      • saddle = a seat for the rider of a horse or other animal
      • saddle seat = a chair seat that is slightly concave and sometimes has a thickened ridge in the center
      • sliding seat = rower's seat that slides fore and aft
  5. a center of authority (as a city from which authority is exercised)
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic words: center / centre / eye / heart / middle = an area that is approximately central within some larger region
    • more specific terms:
  6. the location (metaphorically speaking) where something is based
    • example: the brain is said to be the seat of reason
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic word: location = a point or extent in space
  7. the legal right to sit as a member in a legislative or similar body
    • example: he was elected to a seat in the Senate
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic term: legal right = a right based in law
  8. a part of a machine that supports or guides another part
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: part / portion = something less than the whole of a human artifact
  9. the cloth covering for the buttocks
    • example: the seat of his pants was worn through
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: cloth covering = a covering made of cloth
    • part of: skirt = cloth covering that forms the part of a garment below the waist; pair of trousers / pant / trousers = a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately

Alternative definition of the noun seat


  1. A place in which to sit.
  2. The horizontal portion of a chair or other furniture designed for sitting.
  3. A piece of furniture made for sitting; e.g. a chair, stool or bench; any improvised place for sitting.
  4. The part of an object or individual (usually the buttocks) directly involved in sitting.
  5. The part of a piece of clothing (usually pants or trousers) covering the buttocks.
  6. A membership in an organization, particularly a representative body.
  7. The location of a governing body.
  8. [context: certain Commonwealth countries] an electoral district, especially for a national legislature.

Specialised definition of the noun seat

Glossary of sports / rowing

a platform of plastic or wood that sits on the slides and moves back and forth with the rower's motion. Seats are numbered from bow to stern and rowers are often identified by their seat numbers. In an eight, the bowman is No. 1 and the stroke is No. 8

Definition of the verb seat

What does seat mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: seated | seating | seats

  1. show to a seat; assign a seat for
    • example: The host seated me next to Mrs. Smith
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of seat: sit / sit down
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location
    • more specific word: reseat = show to a different seat
    • cause: sit / sit down
  2. be able to seat
    • example: The theater seats 2,000
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Value] in [Location]We sleep five people in each room
      [Location] [Verb] [Value]Each room sleeps five people

      Measure Verbs (with the same syntax): carry, contain, feed, fit, hibernate, hold, house, serve, sleep, store, take, use.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic words: accommodate / admit / hold = have room for
  3. place ceremoniously or formally in an office or position
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of seat: induct / invest
    • more generic words: instal / install = put into an office or a position
  4. put a seat on a chair
  5. provide with seats
  6. place or attach firmly in or on a base
    • example: seat the camera on the tripod
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location
  7. place in or on a seat
    • example: the mother seated the toddler on the high chair
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location
    • cause: sit / sit down

Other definitions of seat

What does seat also mean?


  1. [US, aviation, firefighting] single engine air tanker


  1. SEAT, S.A. is a Spanish automobile manufacturer with its head office in Martorell, Spain. It was founded on May 9, 1950, by the Instituto Nacional de Industria, a state-owned industrial holding company.
    • also known as SEAT S.A., Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo, 시트, เซียต, เซอาท, 西亚特
    • make: SEAT
    • official website:
  2. SEAT is a make of automobile produced by SEAT, S.A.


  1. Seat: A seat is a place to sit, often referring to the area one sits upon as opposed to other elements like armrests.
  2. Seat: In strict legal language, the term seat defines the seat of a corporation or organisation as a legal entity, indicating where the headquarters of this entity are located. According to international and national procedural law, "specific legal actions with legal effect for and against the legal entity can be performed at the seat of this entity." However, "the term "seat" is sometimes also used in a broad sense without a specific legal meaning. In this case [it] only defines where an entity is located and does not mean that this location is a legal seat where specific juridical acts can be performed.
  3. Seat: Seats were territorial-administrative units in the medieval Kingdom of Hungary. The seats were autonomous regions within the Kingdom, and were independent from the feudal county system. Their autonomy was granted in return for the military services they provided to the Hungarian Kings.
  4. seat a.k.a. Motorcycle saddle: A motorcycle saddle is a term for a motorcycle seat in some parts of the world. It is a seat for carrying a rider and, possibly, a passenger, and which is attached to a motorcycle often but not exclusively, behind the fuel tank.
  5. The seat of the house.

Phrases with Seat

  1. seat belt
  2. to seat
  3. box seat
  4. car seat
  5. hot seat
  6. Baby Seat
  7. Back Seat
  8. bell seat
  9. jump seat
  10. love seat
  11. Safe seat
  12. death seat
  13. dicky-seat
  14. mercy seat
  15. plane seat
  16. potty seat
  17. banana seat
  18. bucket seat
  19. county seat
  20. dickey-seat

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Seat

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Google previewMotor Age (1904)

The seat is an ordinary upholstered basket seat held on a triangular frame, the whole arrangement of the frame structure being such that there is ample room for a woman's skirts. The battery and coil are carried in a box on the front axle, while ...

Google previewThe history of the abbey, palace, and chapel-royal of Holyroodhouse [by C. Mackie]. (1819)

by Charles Mackie

Arthur's Seat is the largest of these hills, and rises into several tops, which are particularly...

Google previewReva EV (2013)

India's Green Gift to the World by S K Maini, Sandhya Mendonca

The Climate Control Seat is a proprietary Amerigon component developed as part of its solid state heating and cooling...

The Climate Control Seat is an option in the Revai and will also be available in the Reva NXR and Reva NXG.

Google previewThe Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America (1978)

The seat is a light-duty automotive good referred to in section 9(1).

Google previewMining Science (1909)

The seat is a hard phosphor bronze tube, with similar faces on either end, so that when one face is ...

Google previewFundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2010)

by Marc S. Micozzi

It is located below the navel and in the bladder, large intestines, nervous system, pelvic region, thighs, bone marrow, and legs; its principal seat is the colon. When disrupted, its primary manifestation is gas and muscular or nervous energy, ...

Google previewUltimate Hot Rod Dictionary: A-Bombs to Zoomies

by Jeff Breitenstein

rumble seat n. Any open-air auxiliary seat as featured on generally late- 1920s through late-1930s era production automobiles. A rumble seat takes the place of a conventional trunk on what would normally be a two-passenger model (coupe, ...

Google previewThe Whiplash Encyclopedia (2006)

by Robert Ferrari

Seat Belts HEAD RESTRAINTS Despite the widespread consensus supporting the introduction of head restraints, in 1968 and 1969 Ewing et al. considered it important to document head ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Oklahoma (1999)

by Nancy Capace

Wagoner is hereby designated the County Seat of Wagoner County. Washington County: -- Beginning on the State line between Kansas and Oklahoma at its intersection with the east boundary line of the Osage nation; thence eastward along ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

chaise longue A reclining chair with a long padded seat resembling a settee. chesterfield A large padded sofa, often with button upholstery, with no woodwork showing. cheval glass ...

Google previewThe Tennessee Gazetteer, Or Topographical Dictionary (1834)

Containing a Description of the Several Counties, Towns, Villages, Post Offices, Rivers, Creeks, Mountains, Valleys, &c. in the State of Tennessee, Alphabetically Arranged : to which is Prefixed a General Description of the State, Its Civil Divisions, Resources, Population, &c. and a Condensed History from the Earliest Settlements Down to the Rise of the Convention in the Year 1834 : with an Appendix, Containing a List of the Practising Attorneys at Law in Each County, Principal Officers of the General and State Governments, Times of Holding Courts, and Other Valuable Tables by Eastin Morris

seat of justice in said old county shali not be removed without the concurrence of twothirds of both branches of the Legislature, nor shall said old County be re. duced to less than six hundred and twenty-five ...

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Quotes about Seat

A/C Luxury bus,
Got seat to sit,
Window seat!

A/C Luxury bus,
Exorbitant charges,
No seat to sit!

Air-conditioned Luxury bus,
Very high bus ticket fare,
Comfortable seat! (V.K. Kanniappan)
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Scrabble value of S1E1A1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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