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di·van

 (dĭ-vän′, -văn′)
n.
1. A long backless sofa, especially one set with pillows against a wall.
2. (also dī-văn′)
a. A counting room, tribunal, or public audience room in Muslim countries.
b. The seat used by an administrator when holding audience.
c. A government bureau or council chamber.
3. (also dī-văn′) A coffeehouse or smoking room.
4. (also dī-văn′) A book of poems, especially one written in Arabic or Persian by a single author.

[French, from Ottoman Turkish dīvān, from Persian, archive, chancery, government office, poet's divan, from Middle Persian dīwān, collection of documents, archive, from Old Persian *dipivahanam, document house : dipi-, writing, inscription (from Akkadian ṭuppu, clay tablet for cuneiform writing, from Sumerian dub) + vahanam, house; see wes- in Indo-European roots.]

divan

(dɪˈvæn)
n
1. (Furniture)
a. a backless sofa or couch, designed to be set against a wall
b. a bed resembling such a couch
2. (esp formerly) a room for smoking and drinking, as in a coffee shop
3. (Islam)
a. a Muslim law court, council chamber, or counting house
b. a Muslim council of state
4. (Poetry) a collection of poems
5. (Islam) (in Muslim law) an account book
Also called (for senses 2–5): diwan
[C16: from Turkish dīvān, from Persian dīwān]

di•van

(dɪˈvæn, -ˈvɑn or, esp. for 1, ˈdaɪ væn)

n.
1. a sofa or couch, usu. without arms or back, often usable as a bed.
2. (in Turkey and other Middle Eastern countries)
a. a council of state.
b. a council chamber, audience room, or court.
3. a smoking room, as in connection with a tobacco shop.
4. a collection of Persian or Arabic poems, esp. by a single poet.
[1580–90; < Turkish < Persian dīwān, orig. dēvan booklet]

Divan

 an oriental council of state; a collection of sheets, hence, a collection of poems; a register of accounts; an assembly—Johnson, 1775.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.divan - a long backless sofa (usually with pillows against a wall)divan - a long backless sofa (usually with pillows against a wall)
couch, lounge, sofa - an upholstered seat for more than one person
2.divan - a Muslim council of state
privy council - an advisory council to a ruler (especially to the British Crown)
3.divan - a collection of Persian or Arabic poems (usually by one author)
anthology - a collection of selected literary passages
4.divan - a Muslim council chamber or law court
boardroom, council chamber - a room where a committee meets (such as the board of directors of a company)
chamber - a room where a judge transacts business

divan

noun bed, couch, settee, sofa bed, put-you-up (Brit.) They went to sit on the divan.
Translations
ديوان، أريكَه
divan
briksdivan
divaani
Dívándíványkerevet
legubekkur, dívan
tachta
kušete
diván

divan

[dɪˈvæn] Ndiván m (Brit) (also divan bed) → cama f turca

divan

[dɪˈvæn] n
(= sofa) → divan m, sofa m
(= bed without a headboard) → divan-lit mdivan bed ndivan-lit m

divan

nDiwan m; divan bedLiege f

divan

[dɪˈvæn] ndivano
divan bed → divano m letto inv

divan

(diˈvӕn) , ((American) ˈdaivӕn) noun
a long, low couch without back or arms, usually able to be used as a bed.
References in classic literature ?
Down a while He sate, and round about him saw unseen: At last as from a Cloud his fulgent head And shape Starr bright appeer'd, or brighter, clad With what permissive glory since his fall Was left him, or false glitter: All amaz'd At that so sudden blaze the STYGIAN throng Bent thir aspect, and whom they wish'd beheld, Thir mighty Chief returnd: loud was th' acclaime: Forth rush'd in haste the great consulting Peers, Rais'd from thir dark DIVAN, and with like joy Congratulant approach'd him, who with hand Silence, and with these words attention won.
From the corner of the divan of Persian saddle-bags on which he was lying, smoking, as was his custom, innumerable cigarettes, Lord Henry Wotton could just catch the gleam of the honey-sweet and honey-coloured blossoms of a laburnum, whose tremulous branches seemed hardly able to bear the burden of a beauty so flamelike as theirs; and now and then the fantastic shadows of birds in flight flitted across the long tussore-silk curtains that were stretched in front of the huge window, producing a kind of momentary Japanese effect, and making him think of those pallid, jade-faced painters of Tokyo who, through the medium of an art that is necessarily immobile, seek to convey the sense of swiftness and motion.
He must carry four hundred pounds about with him till Monday, when the neglect could be surreptitiously repaired; and meanwhile, he was free to pass the afternoon on the encircling divan of the billiard-room, smoking his pipe, sipping a pint of ale, and enjoying to the masthead the modest pleasures of admiration.
In a recess was a kind of divan, surmounted with a stand of Arabian swords in silver scabbards, and the handles resplendent with gems; from the ceiling hung a lamp of Venetian glass, of beautiful shape and color, while the feet rested on a Turkey carpet, in which they sunk to the instep; tapestry hung before the door by which Franz had entered, and also in front of another door, leading into a second apartment which seemed to be brilliantly illuminated.
This space formed the common couch and lounging place of the natives, answering the purpose of a divan in Oriental countries.
On a brilliant day in May, in the year 1868, a gentleman was reclining at his ease on the great circular divan which at that period occupied the centre of the Salon Carre, in the Museum of the Louvre.
Anyhow, he's as rotten full of fever as the rest of you," said the Infant, at length on the big divan.
There was also there a beautiful sofa upholstered in pink figured silk, an enormous divan with many cushions, some splendid arm-chairs of various shapes (but all very shabby), a round table, and in the midst of these fine things a small common iron stove.
By Servin's invitation, the officer had seated himself on a divan, and the painter, after removing the sling which supported the arm of his guest, was undoing the bandages in order to dress the wound.
With these he constructed a sort of Eastern divan, upon which he perched himself cross-legged, with an ounce of shag tobacco and a box of matches laid out in front of him.
They had this melancholy retreat to themselves, and seated on the divan enclosing the central steam-radiator, they were staring silently at the glass cabinets mounted in ebonised wood which contained the recovered fragments of Ilium.
Blinder, in Bell Yard, he repairs to that neighbouring place, where Miss Flite (who rises early that she may be punctual at the divan of justice held by her excellent friend the Chancellor) comes running downstairs with tears of welcome and with open arms.