ot·​to·​man | \ ˈä-tə-mən \

Definition of ottoman

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


Ot·​to·​man | \ ˈä-tə-mən \

Definition of Ottoman (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to the Ottoman Empire or its citizens

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Rather than placing a large sofa at the far end of the layout, opt for a daybed or an oversized ottoman. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "4 Smart Ways To Plan Your Living Room Layout," 20 June 2016 The Chatwin lounge and ottoman is from Richard Wrightman studio. Jane Drinkard, The Cut, "A Cookie-Cutter Apartment, Transformed by Local Artisan Works," 5 Apr. 2018 Duck Walk Plaid in Ink by Ralph Lauren fabric (on ottoman and pillows; 888-475-7674. Country Living, "2015 Country Living Makeover Takeover: Buying Guide," 18 June 2015 The back braces on the chair and the bases of both the chair and ottoman are aluminum, and the chair has a swivel mechanism. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Is What Makes The Eames Lounge Chair So Special," 7 Nov. 2018 Ledger swivel chair, Yates ottoman, blue throw pillows; all from Country Living, "2015 Country Living Makeover Takeover: Buying Guide," 18 June 2015 The custom sofa in a Zimmer + Rohde fabric is topped with pillows in a Borderline cotton paisley, the ottoman is covered in a J. Samuel wool, and the circa-1750 mirror is from R. Louis Bofferding Decorative & Fine Art. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "Inside an Upper East Side Home that Trades Stuffiness for Neon-Hued Glamour," 21 May 2018 Another favorite item: The light pink ottoman that lives in her shoe closet, which is already impressive enough on its own. Rachel Swalin, ELLE Decor, "This Blogger's Walk-In Closet Is Fun And Feminine With A Touch Of Edge," 1 May 2017 Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West‘s daughter proved herself to be a pro at the classic game of hide-and-seek, stuffing herself into an ottoman to stay concealed. Stephanie Petit,, "Kim Kardashian West Shares a Hilarious Snap of 'Hide & Seek Champ' Daughter North," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of ottoman


1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1546, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ottoman


French, adjective & noun, probably from Italian ottomano, from Arabic ʽothmānī, from ʽOthmān Osman I, founder of the Ottoman Empire

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English Language Learners Definition of ottoman

: 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

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