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

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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 In the living room of Beth and Murat Bugdaycay of Foundrae’s TriBeCa apartment, the sofa, cocktail table, and side table are by BDDW, the chair is vintage, and the ottoman is by Poltrona Frau. Leslie Camhi, ELLE Decor, "Tour the Sanctuary-Like Tribeca Duplex of Designer Beth Bugdaycay," 22 Aug. 2018 The cameras are there when Carlson maneuvers the tortoise out of a corner like a massive hissing ottoman so veterinarian Dr. Beth Bicknese can check on his feeding tube. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Beneath all the warm fuzzies, new Animal Planet series on San Diego Zoo an eye-opening look at conservation," 14 Aug. 2019 Designer Yvette Freeman chooses a sectional and ottoman in a classic style to give the family plenty of seating and a place to rest their feet. Mari-jane Williams, Washington Post, "To breathe new life into a tired family room, start with a stylish sectional," 8 Aug. 2019 Wicker baskets, bleached-wood lanterns and natural wood accessories give tablescapes and ottoman vignettes alike the perfect balance. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Play up red, white and blue all summer long," 24 June 2019 Tucked away in Andy's bedroom, Andy put the ottoman part against the wall and the treats rest on top. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "Andy Cohen's Dog Lives a Better Life Than Me," 30 July 2019 Across the ottoman, the jacket of her uniform lay in a heap, the dragon appliquéd on its back a startling red. Laila Lalami,, "Who gets to be an American? Laila Lalami explores in California thriller," 3 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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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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