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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 ?
The corner between the fireplace and the window is occupied by a divan cushioned in Morris chintz.
Stroeve liked his ease, and in his studio were a couple of heavily upholstered arm-chairs and a large divan.
Talking and greeting the friends they met, Levin and the prince walked through all the rooms: the great room where tables had already been set, and the usual partners were playing for small stakes; the divan room, where they were playing chess, and Sergey Ivanovitch was sitting talking to somebody; the billiard room, where, about a sofa in a recess, there was a lively party drinking champagne--Gagin was one of them.
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.
While partaking of this simple repast, the inmates of Marheyo's house, after the style of the ancient Romans, reclined in sociable groups upon the divan of mats, and digestion was promoted by cheerful conversation.
He was lying in a squirrel-fur dressing gown on a divan, surrounded by pillows.
The gas caught fire, and thus lighted the projectile looked like a comfortable room with thickly padded walls, furnished with a circular divan, and a roof rounded in the shape of a dome.
Lady Carey shook out her amber satin skirt and sat down upon a low divan.
sitting cross-legged on the divan in the attitude of a very old idol or a very young child and surrounded by many cushions, waves her hand from afar pleasantly surprised, exclaiming: "What
The room had a blue wall-paper, and was well, almost pretentiously, furnished, with its round table, its divan, and its bronze clock under a glass shade.
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.
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.