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divan

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noun di·van \di-ˈvan, ˈdī-ˌvan, especially in senses 1, 2, & 4 also di-ˈvän, dī-ˈvan\

Simple Definition of divan

  • : a long, low seat that has no back or arms or only part of a back and one arm

  • : a bed that has a thick base and usually no footboard

Full Definition of divan

  1. 1 a :  the privy council of the Ottoman Empire b :  council

  2. 2 :  a council chamber

  3. 3 :  a large couch usually without back or arms often designed for use as a bed

  4. 4 :  a collection of poems in Persian or Arabic usually by one author

Examples of divan

  1. <whenever I stayed over at their house I usually slept on the divan in the living room>



Origin of divan

Turkish, from Persian dīvān account book


First Known Use: 1586



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