Divan meaning

dĭ-vän', -văn'
A collection of poems, especially one written by one author in Arabic or Persian.
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A long backless sofa, especially one set with pillows against a wall.
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A book of poems, especially one written in Arabic or Persian by a single author.
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A coffeehouse or smoking room.
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In the Ottoman Empire,
  • A council of state or the room in which it was held.
  • The audience chamber of a government office.
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A large, low couch or sofa, usually without armrests or back.
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A coffee room, café, or smoking room.
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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.
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(historical) A Muslim council of state, such as that of viziers of the Ottoman Empire that discussed and recommended new laws and law changes to a higher authority (the sultan).
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A long backless sofa, especially one set with pillows against a wall.
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A coffeehouse or smoking room.
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A book of poems, especially one written in Arabic or Persian by a single author.
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Origin of divan

  • French from Ottoman Turkish dīvān from Persian place of assembly, roster probably from Old Persian dipivahanam document house dipī- writing, document (from Akkadian ṭuppu tablet, letter) (from Sumerian dub) vahanam house wes-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • French from Ottoman Turkish dīvān from Persian place of assembly, roster probably from Old Persian dipivahanam document house dipī- writing, document (from Akkadian ṭuppu tablet, letter) (from Sumerian dub) vahanam house wes-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • French, from Ottoman Turkish دیوان (dîvân), from Persian.
    From Wiktionary