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n. pl. Ot·to·mans
A Turk, especially a member of the family or tribe of Osman I.
1. Of or relating to the Ottoman Empire or its people, language, or culture.
2. Turkish.

[French, from New Latin ottomanus, ultimately (perhap influenced by Medieval Latin turcomannus, Turkmen) from Arabic 'uṯmānī, of Osman I, Ottoman, from 'uṯmān, original Arabic form and source of the Turkish male given name Osman.]


n. pl. ot·to·mans
a. An upholstered sofa or divan without arms or a back.
b. An upholstered low seat or cushioned footstool.
2. A heavy silk or rayon fabric with a corded texture, usually used for coats and trimmings.

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


(ˈɒtəmən) or


1. (Historical Terms) history of or relating to the Ottomans or the Ottoman Empire
2. (Languages) denoting or relating to the Turkish language
n, pl -mans
(Peoples) a member of a Turkish people who invaded the Near East in the late 13th century
[C17: from French, via Medieval Latin, from Arabic Othmāni Turkish, from Turkish Othman Osman I]


n, pl -mans
1. (Furniture)
a. a low padded seat, usually armless, sometimes in the form of a chest
b. a cushioned footstool
2. (Textiles) a corded fabric
[C17: from French ottomane, feminine of Ottoman]


(ˈɒt ə mən)

adj., n., pl. -mans. adj.
1. of or pertaining to the Ottoman Empire or its rulers.
a. a member of the dynasty descended from Osman that ruled the Ottoman Empire.
b. a Turkish citizen of the Ottoman state.
3. (l.c.)
a. a cushioned footstool.
b. a low cushioned seat without back or arms.
c. a kind of divan or sofa, with or without a back.
4. (l.c.) a heavy, lustrous fabric of wool, silk, or other fibers woven with broad, horizontal ribs.
[1575–85; < French < Italian ottomano, after the founder of the empire (Arabic ‘uthmān); in definitions 5-8 < French ottomane (feminine)]
Ot′to•man•like`, adj.


A long upholstered seat, with or without a back.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ottoman - a Turk (especially a Turk who is a member of the tribe of Osman I)Ottoman - a Turk (especially a Turk who is a member of the tribe of Osman I)
Turk - a native or inhabitant of Turkey
2.Ottoman - the Turkish dynasty that ruled the Ottoman Empire from the 13th century to its dissolution after World War I
dynasty - a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family
3.ottoman - thick cushion used as a seat
seat - furniture that is designed for sitting on; "there were not enough seats for all the guests"
4.ottoman - a low seat or a stool to rest the feet of a seated personottoman - a low seat or a stool to rest the feet of a seated person
stool - a simple seat without a back or arms
Adj.1.Ottoman - of or relating to the Ottoman Empire or its people or its culture


A. ADJotomano
B. Notomano/a m/f


[ˈɒtəmən] N (ottomans (pl)) → otomana f


adjosmanisch, ottomanisch (rare)
nOsmane m, → Osmanin f, → Ottomane m (rare), → Ottomanin f (rare)


nPolstertruhe f
References in classic literature ?
Having thus reestablished his position, he sank elegantly into a tete-a-tete ottoman.
The contrast between this Ottoman and his concubines is striking; because, while he is always of the largest leviathanic proportions, the ladies, even at full growth, are not more than one third of the bulk of an average-sized male.
Clare, clasping his hands, in a sort of transport; and then suddenly checking himself, he came back, and seating himself on an ottoman, he went on:
My seat, to which Bessie and the bitter Miss Abbot had left me riveted, was a low ottoman near the marble chimney-piece; the bed rose before me; to my right hand there was the high, dark wardrobe, with subdued, broken reflections varying the gloss of its panels; to my left were the muffled windows; a great looking-glass between them repeated the vacant majesty of the bed and room.
I--" The young lady's utterance failed, and she threw herself upon an ottoman, sobbing with passionate spite.
I may say, in short, that I took part in that glorious expedition, promoted by this time to be a captain of infantry, to which honourable charge my good luck rather than my merits raised me; and that day- so fortunate for Christendom, because then all the nations of the earth were disabused of the error under which they lay in imagining the Turks to be invincible on sea-on that day, I say, on which the Ottoman pride and arrogance were broken, among all that were there made happy (for the Christians who died that day were happier than those who remained alive and victorious) I alone was miserable; for, instead of some naval crown that I might have expected had it been in Roman times, on the night that followed that famous day I found myself with fetters on my feet and manacles on my hands.
In the Ottoman or Turkish empire, the sovereign, though in other respects absolute master of the lives and fortunes of his subjects, has no right to impose a new tax.
Ned and Conseil seated themselves on an ottoman, and the first thing the Canadian asked was:
Madame de Villefort was sitting on an ottoman and impatiently turning over the leaves of some newspapers and pamphlets which young Edward, by way of amusing himself, was tearing to pieces before his mother could finish reading them.
He hurried to the Hermitage, which stood in the heart of the wood, unlocked the door with a hasty wrench, slammed it after him, pitched Zeluco into the most distant corner, and thrusting his right hand into his pocket, first walked four or five times up and down the scanty length of the little room, and then seated himself on the ottoman in an uncomfortable stiff way, as we often do when we wish not to abandon ourselves to feeling.
This commodious ottoman has since been removed, to the extreme regret of all weak-kneed lovers of the fine arts, but the gentleman in question had taken serene possession of its softest spot, and, with his head thrown back and his legs outstretched, was staring at Murillo's beautiful moon-borne Madonna in profound enjoyment of his posture.
Indeed, whether on carpets, or curtains, or tapestry, or ottoman coverings, all upholstery of this nature should be rigidly Arabesque.