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ottoman

noun ot·to·man \ˈä-tə-mən\

: 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
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
[French ottomane, from feminine of ottoman, adjective]
a :  an upholstered often overstuffed seat or couch usually without a back
b :  an overstuffed footstool
3
:  a heavy clothing fabric characterized by pronounced crosswise ribs
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First Known Use of OTTOMAN

1605

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms

appoint, credenza, mission, settee

Ottoman

adjective Ot·to·man \ˈä-tə-mən\

Definition of OTTOMAN

:  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

Other Anthropology Terms

ectomorph, ethnography, prehistory, yurt

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