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ot·​to·​man ˈä-tə-mən How to pronounce ottoman (audio)
: a member of a Turkish dynasty founded by Osman I that ruled the Ottoman Empire
: a citizen or functionary of the Ottoman Empire
[French ottomane, from feminine of ottoman, adjective]
: an upholstered often overstuffed seat or couch usually without a back
: an overstuffed footstool
: a heavy clothing fabric characterized by pronounced crosswise ribs


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Ot·​to·​man ˈä-tə-mən How to pronounce Ottoman (audio)
: of or relating to the Ottoman Empire or its citizens

Examples of ottoman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Add this matching ottoman for an even more comfortable arrangement. Lauren Fischer, Southern Living, 7 Feb. 2024 The set comes with four pieces, including a sectional sofa, a coffee table, an ottoman with storage, and two storage covers. Sophia Beams, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Feb. 2024 An ottoman with a removable top can hide next season’s clothes while serving as décor. Drill, of Bed Bath and Beyond, said there are other subtle space-saving multifunctional items, especially with electronics. Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 Stormi’s presents were placed on a white ottoman in the center of the room and put neatly into three piles. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 The pouf can be used as an ottoman or as an extra seat for larger crowds. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 18 Oct. 2023 Better Homes & Gardens Modular Sofa with Storage Ottoman There are multiple ways to configure this modular sofa, and our favorite spot to sit is on the end with our feet propped up on the ottoman. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Oct. 2023 If space is really tight, consider an ottoman or stool that can be tucked under the desk in lieu of a chair. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Nov. 2023 Find it on Amazon Versatile Comfort with This Ottoman That Transforms into a Bed Discover the ultimate convenience with this multifunctional ottoman, a game-changer for small spaces or as an extra piece of furniture. Poppy Morgan, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1546, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ottoman was in 1546

Dictionary Entries Near ottoman

Cite this Entry

“Ottoman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
ot·​to·​man ˈät-ə-mən How to pronounce ottoman (audio)
plural ottomans
capitalized : a citizen or government official of the Ottoman Empire
: an upholstered footstool


2 of 2 adjective
Ot·​to·​man ˈät-ə-mən How to pronounce Ottoman (audio)
: of or relating to the Ottoman Empire, its rulers, or its citizens or government officials
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