from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An upholstered sofa or divan without arms or a back.
  • noun An upholstered low seat or cushioned footstool.
  • noun A heavy silk or rayon fabric with a corded texture, usually used for coats and trimmings.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A piece of furniture forming a seat or seats, used in a drawing-room or sitting-room.
  • noun A corded silk having large cords; a kind of gros-grain. Compare faille, 3.
  • Pertaining to that branch of the Turks to which belong the founders and ruling class of the Turkish or Ottoman empire.
  • noun One of that branch of the Turks which founded and rule the Turkish empire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the Turks.
  • noun A Turk.
  • noun A stuffed seat without a back, originally used in Turkey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An upholstered sofa, without arms or a back, sometimes with a compartment for storing linen, etc.
  • noun A low stool or thick cushion used to rest the feet or as a seat.
  • noun A fabric with a pronounced ribbed or corded effect, often made of silk or a mixture .

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a Turk (especially a Turk who is a member of the tribe of Osman I)
  • noun the Turkish dynasty that ruled the Ottoman Empire from the 13th century to its dissolution after World War I
  • adjective of or relating to the Ottoman Empire or its people or its culture
  • noun a low seat or a stool to rest the feet of a seated person
  • noun thick cushion used as a seat


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French ottomane, feminine of ottoman, Ottoman; see Ottoman.]


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  • From Fr. ottomane (hassock) < Ottoman Empire < Ottoman (or Osmanli) dynasty < Othman (or Osman) I (1258–1326), founder of the dynasty, Turkish conqueror, and emir.

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