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,
: the privy council of the Ottoman Empire
: 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 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 The interior includes a side-facing divan, which passengers can convert into a bed. Daniel Cote, Robb Report, 27 Mar. 2024 Three interior layouts will be available: executive, dual club, and divan. Daniel Cote, Robb Report, 27 Mar. 2024 In the living room, curtains in yellows, pinks, and reds reminiscent of early autumn hung above a divan dressed with striped lumbar and couch pillows which gallerist Alex Tieghi-Walker would later cover himself with, as his version of being dressed in Le Réunion clothing. Maria Geyman, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2023 Platinum blond crabeater seals lounged on divans of drifting ice, basking in the sun. Kate Wong, Scientific American, 13 Mar. 2023 Pluto was on break, resting on a divan. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 But taken in toto, this charmingly rumpled director-writer with a three-day beard sitting on a divan in a New York hotel room is a Renaissance man, having directed dozens of music videos and ads and designed further dozens of album covers, usually for independent artists. Randee Dawn, Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2022 The small ink-on-paper work shows a half-clothed female figure, with extra arms and legs, reclining on a divan. New York Times, 7 Feb. 2021 For instance, the designers covered a linear divan in a leafy green velvet edged with a casually rustic jute fringe. Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2022

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Word History


Turkish, from Persian dīvān account book

First Known Use

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of divan was in 1586

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“Divan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divan. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a large couch often with no back or arms

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