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Pronunciation: ka-n-pē, -pā
What is a canapé? Well you might think it has something to do with a small, prepared finger food that can be eaten in one bite, but we are actually referring to a piece of antique French furniture. Similar to settees, canapés are fancy sofas that have been around since the Régence (Louis XV) period. The main difference between a settee and canapé is the size. Settees tend to sit two or three people, while canapés can seat three or more. A canapé also tends to have a more elaborate carved frame and legs reflecting the period in which they originated.