ot·​to·​man | \ ˈä-tə-mən How to pronounce ottoman (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Ottoman (audio) \

Definition of Ottoman (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to the Ottoman Empire or its citizens

Examples of ottoman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Use the ottoman as a footrest or place a melamine serving tray on top to hold cocktails and snacks. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 9 May 2022 On bodycam footage released by the DeKalb County Police department, his family watched in horror as officers kicked open his front door and found Zadok hiding behind an ottoman. Elaine Aradillas,, 5 May 2022 Note that the ottoman shown in the second photo is sold separately. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 30 Apr. 2022 Hide your blankets and remotes in the storage ottoman that’s included. cleveland, 27 Apr. 2022 Next to the body was a suede ottoman with a slight indentation. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Mar. 2022 Anna Spiro Design From the playful pillows and ottoman to the elegant gilt mirror and bright blue walls, this space by Anna Spiro Design is perfect for low-key nights in, or more formal gatherings. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 13 Apr. 2022 And check out this round coffee table, complete with a second tabletop below, that can hold up to 300 pounds, as well as this $14 ottoman that doubles as storage. Amy Schulman,, 12 Mar. 2022 Prices range from $345 for an ottoman to $1,695 for an upholstered, California king-sized bed, so you're bound to find something that fits comfortably within your budget. Kelsey Mulvey, Good Housekeeping, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Ottoman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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