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ottoman

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noun ot·to·man \ˈä-tə-mən\

Simple Definition of ottoman

  • : a low piece of furniture that has a soft top and that you can put your feet on when you are sitting : a soft footstool

  • : a long seat with no back that has a soft top and that typically has space inside where things can be stored

Full Definition of ottoman

  1. 1 capitalized a :  a member of a Turkish dynasty founded by Osman I that ruled the Ottoman Empire b :  a citizen or functionary of the Ottoman Empire

  2. 2 [French ottomane, from feminine of ottoman, adjective] a :  an upholstered often overstuffed seat or couch usually without a back b :  an overstuffed footstool

  3. 3 :  a heavy clothing fabric characterized by pronounced crosswise ribs

1605

First Known Use of ottoman

1605

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Ottoman

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adjective Ot·to·man \ˈä-tə-mən\

Definition of Ottoman

  1. :  of or relating to the Ottoman Empire or its citizens



Origin of ottoman

French, adjective & noun, probably from Italian ottomano, from Arabic ʽothmānī, from ʽOthmān Osman I, founder of the Ottoman Empire


First Known Use: 1603

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