Definition of divan
1a : the privy council of the Ottoman Empireb : 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 of divan from the Web
Expect cabins overflowing with drapes, cake tier stands, divans and friezes and a dining car that works minor miracles with local produce to create meals that would satisfy even the most demanding of kings or emirs.
The Ladies of Lodge are fretting on the divan, hoping Daddy Skeet's arrest doesn't make things worse for Mr. Lodge.
The artists Kenya (Robinson) and Doreen Garner are sitting mock-regally on a divan in a moody Gramercy cocktail bar.
Further innovations are the flexible, swing-out tables and the attractive entertainment area with a three-seat divan.
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Origin and Etymology of divan
Turkish, from Persian dīvān account book
First Known Use: 1586See Words from the same year
DIVAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of divan for English Language Learners
: 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
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