di·​van | \di-ˈvan, ˈdī-ˌvan, 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

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Examples of divan in a Sentence

whenever I stayed over at their house I usually slept on the divan in the living room

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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, "So what else do NFL team employees ask prospective players in those interviews?," 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, "Where to Go to Savor Siu Yeh, Hong Kong’s Late-Night Meal," 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, "We rated 11 favorite Miami Spice restaurants so you don’t have to," 23 Aug. 2017 De la Fressange took her time furnishing the place, mixing antiques and vintage pieces, many acquired from eBay and flea markets, with divans and armchairs from the Paris shop Caravane and classic striped fabrics. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "Taking it Easy," 29 Dec. 2011 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. Rob Crossan, CNN, "6 Silk Road secrets: Traveling in Central Asia's Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan," 5 June 2017 The Ladies of Lodge are fretting on the divan, hoping Daddy Skeet's arrest doesn't make things worse for Mr. Lodge. Amy Watts, baltimoresun.com, "'Riverdale' recap: Homecoming drama," 28 Apr. 2017 The artists Kenya (Robinson) and Doreen Garner are sitting mock-regally on a divan in a moody Gramercy cocktail bar. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, "The Podcast as Performance Art," 28 Jan. 2017 Further innovations are the flexible, swing-out tables and the attractive entertainment area with a three-seat divan. Matthew Phenix, WIRED, "BMW, Embraer Conceive Ultimate Flying Machine," 22 Oct. 2007

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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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The first known use of divan was in 1586

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English Language Learners Definition of divan

: 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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