from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long backless sofa, especially one set with pillows against a wall.
- n. A counting room, tribunal, or public audience room in Muslim countries.
- n. The seat used by an administrator when holding audience.
- n. A government bureau or council chamber.
- n. A coffeehouse or smoking room.
- n. A book of poems, especially one written in Arabic or Persian by a single author.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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 (see Wikipedia's Divan_(furniture)).
- n. 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) (see Wikipedia's Divan).
- n. A collection of poems, especially one written by one author in Arabic or Persian (see Wikipedia's Diwan_(poetry)).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A book; esp., a collection of poems written by one author.
- n. In Turkey and other Oriental countries: A council of state; a royal court. Also used by the poets for a grand deliberative council or assembly.
- n. A chief officer of state.
- n. A saloon or hall where a council is held, in Oriental countries, the state reception room in places, and in the houses of the richer citizens. Cushions on the floor or on benches are ranged round the room.
- n. A cushioned seat, or a large, low sofa or couch; especially, one fixed to its place, and not movable.
- n. A coffee and smoking saloon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A council, especially a council of state; specifically, in Turkey, the chief or privy council of the Porte, presided over by the grand vizir and made up of the ministers and heads of departments. It meets twice a week.
- n. A council-chamber; a hall; a court; a state- or reception-room in palaces and the houses of richer citizens.
- n. A kind of coffee-house where smoking tobacco is the principal enjoyment.
- n. A cushioned seat standing against the wall of a room; a kind of sofa: a sense derived by transfer from that of ‘council-chamber’ or ‘hall’ (def. 2) as furnished with low sofas, covered with rich carpets, and provided with many cushions.
- n. A book, especially a collection of poems by a single author: as, the divan of Sadi.
- n. [Used with reference to the Turks, Arabs, Persians, and other Orientals; in sense 4 also (in the form divan only) used in a general application.]
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Muslim council chamber or law court
- n. a Muslim council of state
- n. a collection of Persian or Arabic poems (usually by one author)
- n. a long backless sofa (usually with pillows against a wall)
French, from Turkish, from Persian dīvān, place of assembly, roster, probably from Old Iranian *dipivahanam, document house : Old Persian dipī-, writing, document (from Akkadian ṭuppu, tablet, letter, from Sumerian dub) + Old Persian vahanam, house.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French, from Turkish divan, from Persian دیوان (divân). (Wiktionary)