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 As with so much of modern life, the supply chain for a loveseat, ottoman, or coffee table is longer and more complicated than an Ikea self-assembly manual. Eleanor Cummins, The New Republic, "Fast Furniture Is an Environmental Fiasco," 14 Jan. 2020 And my answer for you is: an adorable rope ottoman to spice up your outdoor space for the warm months ahead. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Tire Upcycle Is...Actually Chic," 27 Mar. 2019 This piece is not only super light and airy but can double as an ottoman and coffee table. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "What I Screenshot This Week: The Chic Ottoman That'll Complete My Living Room," 18 Oct. 2019 Jean had art hanging on the wall behind the couch, an ottoman in the living room and a workstation set up near the bar. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Amber Guyger, white Dallas ex-cop, says she was 'scared to death' when she shot black neighbor Botham Jean," 28 Sep. 2019 Jean's apartment had art on the wall behind the couch, an ottoman and rug in the living room and a workstation near the bar, Cleary testified. Darran Simon, CNN, "The prosecution rests its case in the Amber Guyger murder trial," 26 Sep. 2019 Before the attack, the family would sit on the couch around the ottoman to share the family delicacy while watching football games. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "'I thought I'd be ready': Father mourns son's death 10 years after attack put him in coma," 14 Sep. 2019 Chairs, desks, a bed and even an ottoman are represented, but the couch is such a vital centerpiece in the family sitcom that it's held to a higher standard for inclusion. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Our definitive ranking of TV-show furniture, from the 'Friends' couch to the Iron Throne," 4 Sep. 2019 The Jason Wu Collection, the designer’s first foray into furniture, includes a chair, loveseat, ottoman, three-seat sofa, and two sectionals that put a contemporary spin on classic midcentury modern style. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Interior Define collaborates with Jason Wu on new furniture line," 8 July 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ottoman.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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