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 For example, a larger upholstered item, such as a sofa, will require much more welting than a small upholstered ottoman. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Make Welting for Your DIY Upholstery Project," 5 Jan. 2021 Keep toys, magazines or blankets neatly stowed inside this ottoman, which takes just 15 minutes to assemble. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "These 5-star products make perfect holiday gifts," 19 Nov. 2020 Furniture Jollene Fabric Storage Cocktail Ottoman for $296.10 with coupon code BLKFRI (Save $132.90): This is a handsome rectangular ottoman with removable legs. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The best Black Friday 2020 deals at Macy's right now," 28 Nov. 2020 Nearby, a live poinsettia will be placed on a Thibaut ottoman, upholstered in family-friendly indoor-outdoor fabric. oregonlive, "Holiday House 2020: Tradition reigns at a Portland Heights cottage with timeless style," 27 Nov. 2020 Performance textiles—like the Thibaut fabric on the Hickory Chair sofas and Delany & Long on the Lee Industries ottoman—are a no-brainer for a house where sandy feet are the norm. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "This Maine Vacation Home Puts a Fresh Spin on Seaside Hues," 26 Nov. 2020 In the first photo, Lopez is sprawled out on an ottoman and wearing a chunky cardigan, baggy distressed denim, black leather platform winter boots, and knit crop top, revealing her enviable abs. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "J.Lo Shows Off a Seriously Sexy Spin on the Classic Fall Wardrobe," 16 Oct. 2020 Lion’s mane, which has the look of a shaggy, faux-fur ottoman, was found in a 2016 study published by the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine to promote peripheral nerve regeneration in rats. New York Times, "Are Mushrooms the Future of Wellness?," 18 Sep. 2020 My officemate was curled up in his favorite turquoise reading chair, his feet up on the ottoman. Maggie Smith, Washington Post, "Distance learning is stressful, but I’m trying to see the hidden gifts," 4 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of ottoman was in 1546

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20 Jan 2021

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“Ottoman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ottoman

US : 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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