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

: 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

a :  the privy council of the Ottoman Empire
b :  council
:  a council chamber
:  a large couch usually without back or arms often designed for use as a bed
:  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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