di·​van | \ di-ˈvan How to pronounce divan (audio) , ˈdī-ˌvan How to pronounce divan (audio) , especially in senses 1, 2, and 4 also di-ˈvän, dī-ˈvan \

Definition of divan

1a : the privy council of the Ottoman Empire
b : council
2 : a council chamber
3 : a large couch usually without back or arms often designed for use as a bed
4 : a collection of poems in Persian or Arabic usually by one author

Examples of divan in a Sentence

whenever I stayed over at their house I usually slept on the divan in the living room
Recent Examples on the Web Across the room, reclining nudes are arranged along a wall, including a 1990 male nude made of glass by Richard Jolley and an 1892 oil by Frank Duveneck of a woman stretched across what appears to be a divan. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Jan. 2022 Passenger seating was 2 fouroccupant divans, one facing forward, the other rearward. New York Times, 7 Feb. 2020 But a few hours later, while Maleficent dozed on a divan, wings folded as tightly against her back as a bird’s, Aurora was still wide-awake. David Canfield, EW.com, 7 Aug. 2019 One hotel manager began walking outside to get from one end of the building to the other, to avoid passing through the lobby, where persnickety widows would invariably be positioned on the divans, ready to greet him with a barrage of complaints. Julie Satow, New York Times, 7 June 2019 Ask your spouse to please address you as a divan potato. 16. WSJ, 26 Oct. 2018 The job interview happened in a hotel lobby, in front of dozens of strangers, on a couple of chairs, near some tasteful divans. Dan Steinberg, chicagotribune.com, 8 Mar. 2018 The bi-level establishment houses both a restaurant and craft cocktail bar, with a hidden whiskey divan behind a discreet door. Christina Liao, Vogue, 10 Feb. 2018 Indoor palm trees, eclectically upholstered divans, warm lighting and close-quarter seating make for a lush, intimate and sophisticated space. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, 23 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of divan

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for divan

Turkish, from Persian dīvān account book

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“Divan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divan. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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Nglish: Translation of divan for Spanish Speakers

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