Definitions for ottomanˈɒt ə mən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Ot•to•manˈɒt ə mən(adj.; n.)(pl.)-mans.

  1. (adj.)of or pertaining to the Ottoman Empire or its rulers.

    Category: Western History, Peoples

  2. (n.)a member of the dynasty descended from Osman that ruled the Ottoman Empire. a Turkish citizen of the Ottoman state.

    Category: Peoples

  3. (l.c.) a cushioned footstool. a low cushioned seat without back or arms. a kind of divan or sofa, with or without a back.

    Category: Furniture

  4. (l.c.) a heavy, lustrous fabric of wool, silk, or other fibers woven with broad, horizontal ribs.

    Category: Textiles

Origin of Ottoman:

1575–85; < F < It ottomano, after the founder of the empire (Ar ‘uthmān); in defs. 5-8 < F ottomane (fem.)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. Ottoman, Ottoman Turk, Osmanli(noun)

    a Turk (especially a Turk who is a member of the tribe of Osman I)

  2. Ottoman, Ottoman dynasty(noun)

    the Turkish dynasty that ruled the Ottoman Empire from the 13th century to its dissolution after World War I

  3. ottoman, pouf, pouffe, puff, hassock(noun)

    thick cushion used as a seat

  4. footstool, footrest, ottoman, tuffet(adj)

    a low seat or a stool to rest the feet of a seated person

  5. Ottoman(adj)

    of or relating to the Ottoman Empire or its people or its culture


  1. ottoman(Noun)

    An upholstered sofa, without arms or a back, sometimes with a compartment for storing linen, etc.

  2. ottoman(Noun)

    A low stool or thick cushion used to rest the feet or as a seat.

  3. ottoman(Noun)

    A fabric with a pronounced ribbed or corded effect, often made of silk or a mixture .

  4. Ottoman(Noun)

    A Turk from the period of Ottoman Empire.

  5. Ottoman(Adjective)

    Of the Islamic empire of Turkey.

  6. Origin: From Middle Ottoman, from post-classical Ottomanus, from personal name (‘uthmān). Osman is the Turkish spelling of the male Arabic given name Uthman, therefore the Ottoman Empire is sometimes referred to as the Osman Empire, Osmanic Empire, or Osmanian Empire, after Osman I.


  1. Ottoman

    An ottoman is a piece of furniture consisting of a padded, upholstered seat or bench, usually having neither a back nor arms, often used as a stool or footstool, or in some cases as a coffee table. Ottomans are often sold as coordinating furniture with armchairs or gliders. An ottoman can also be known as a footstool, tuffet, hassock, or pouffe. Some ottomans are hollow and used for storage. Ottomans can be used in other rooms besides the living room, different designs can be used in the bedroom, gaming room, family room and guest room. Leather and bench ottomans are also used as alternatives to sofas.


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