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divan

noun

  1. (sofa)  a long backless sofa (usually with pillows against a wall)
    Type of: sofa
  2. (privy council)  a Muslim council of state
    Synonyms: dewan [India], diwan. Type of: privy council
  3. (anthology)  a collection of Persian or Arabic poems (usually by one author)
    Synonyms: diwan. Type of: anthology
  4. (chamber)  a Muslim council chamber or law court
    Synonyms: diwan. Type of: chamber. Type of: boardroom

Etymology summary

"Oriental council of state", from Turkish divan, from Arabic diwan, from Persian...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Divan

a high governmental body in a number of Islamic states, or its chief official. The word, recorded in English since 1586, meaning "Oriental council of a state," from Turkish divan, from Arabic diwan, is a Middle-Persian loan-word in Arabic and was... (41 of 755 words, 3 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

divan | deewan [archaic] | divan bed [archaic]

a backless sofa or couch, designed to be set against a wall | a bed resembling such a couch | (especially formerly) a room for smoking and drinking, ... (26 of 508 words, 7 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/divan

Britannica Encyclopedia:

divan [Islamic government unit] | diwan | dewan | dīwān [Arabic]

in Islāmic societies, a "register," or logbook, and later a "finance department," "government bureau," or "administration." The first divan appeared ... (20 of 250 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/166389​/divan

Oxford Dictionary:

divan [British] | divan bed

a bed consisting of a base and mattress but no footboard or headboard. | a long, low sofa without a back or arms. | [historical] : a legislative body, ... (27 of 151 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/divan

divan

Syllabification: (di·van) | a long low sofa without a back or arms, typically placed against a wall. | [historical] : a legislative body, council ... (22 of 143 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/divan

Random House Dictionary:

divan

a sofa or couch, usually without arms or back, often usable as a bed. | a long, cushioned seat, usually without arms or back, placed against a wall, ... (27 of 144 words, 8 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/divan

Merriam-Webster:

divan | council [synonym, sense-specific] | chesterfield [synonym, sense-specific] | davenport [synonym, sense-specific] | couch [synonym, sense-specific] | lounge [synonym, sense-specific] | settee [synonym, sense-specific] | sofa [synonym, sense-specific] | squab [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the privy council of the Ottoman Empire ; "council" | a council chamber | a large couch usually without back or arms often designed for use as a bed | ... (27 of 129 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/divan

American Heritage Dictionary:

divan

A long backless sofa, especially one set with pillows against a wall. | also (dī-vănˈ) ; A counting room, tribunal, or public audience room in Muslim ... (25 of 109 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/divan

Wiktionary:

divan | divans [plural] | diwan [Italian]

A couch- or sofa-like piece of furniture made of a mattress lying against the wall and either on the floor or an elevated structure. | [historical] A Muslim council of state, such as that of viziers of the Ottoman Empire that discussed and recommended... (43 of 92 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/divan

New World Dictionary:

divan

in the Ottoman Empire, ; a council of state or the room in which it was held ; the audience chamber of a government office | a large, low couch or ... (30 of 72 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

divan [countable] | divans [plural]

a bed consisting of a mattress on a solid base | a long comfortable seat with no back or arms for two or more people (24 of 48 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/divan

Cambridge Dictionary:

divan | divan bed

a sofa with no back or arms | ("divan bed") [British] a bed consisting of a mattress and a base, with no boards at either end (25 of 32 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/divan

Encarta Dictionary:

divan | divans [plural]

a sofa without a back, and sometimes without arms | in former times, a smoking room attached to a coffee shop or cigar shop | a collection of poems ... (27 of 82 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861605537​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

divan

First use: 1580s

Origin: "Oriental council of state", from Turkish divan, from Arabic diwan, from Persian devan "bundle of written sheets, small book, ... (20 of 78 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=divan

Oxford Dictionary:

divan [British] | divan bed

First use: late 16th century

Origin: (in "..."): via French or Italian from Turkish dīvān, from Persian dīwān "anthology, register, court, or bench"; compare with "diwan". ... (23 of 74 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/divan

divan

First use: late 16th century

Origin: ("..."): via French or Italian from Turkish dīvān, from Persian dīwān "anthology, register, court, or bench"; compare with "diwan". As a ... (24 of 74 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/divan

American Heritage Dictionary:

divan

Origin: French, from Turkish, from Persian dīvān, place of assembly, roster, probably from Old Iranian *dipivahanam, document ... (16 of 41 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/divan

New World Dictionary:

divan

Origin: Turkish dīwān from Persian, originally, bundle of written sheets, hence accounts, customhouse, council room, appropriate furniture

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/divan

Collins Dictionary:

divan

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Turkish dīvān, from Persian dīwān

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/divan

Wiktionary:

divan | divans [plural]

Origin: French, from Turkish divan, from Persian دیوان (divân).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/divan

Merriam-Webster:

divan

First use: 1586

Origin: Turkish, from Persian dīvān account book

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/divan

Encarta Dictionary:

divan | divans [plural]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: French or Italian from Turkish dīvān from Persian dīvān

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861605537​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

divan | divans [plural]

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Collins Dictionary:

divan

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "divan"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/divan

Macmillan British Dictionary:

divan [countable] | divans [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "divan"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/divan

Macmillan American Dictionary:

divan [countable] | divans [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "divan"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/divan

Cambridge Dictionary:

divan

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "divan"

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the Free Dictionary:

divan

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Google Dictionary:

divan | divans [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "divan"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

divan

Audio: North American pronunciation of "divan"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=divan​002 word=divan

divan

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YourDictionary Audio:

divan

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "divan" by speech synthesizer

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