ottoman

noun ot·to·man \ ˈä-tə-mən \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of ottoman

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

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First Known Use of ottoman

1605

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Ottoman

adjective Ot·to·man \ ˈä-tə-mən \

Definition of Ottoman

:of or relating to the Ottoman Empire or its citizens

Origin and Etymology of 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 Defined for English Language Learners

ottoman

noun

Definition of ottoman for English Language Learners

  • : 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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