I carried her to the divan, and went to look for him, but he was not in the house, and the servants were gone to bed.
Marlon Brando yelled at the audience about dead children from a divan clad in a purple muumuu.
Domini exclaimed impulsively, and leaning forward on the divan.
He lay face downward on the divan, in the dark, and he did "think it all over."
She limped over to the divan upon which Cornelius Allendyce sat.
There on the divan she had cried, leaning her head against his sleeve.
As soon as the king had left the divan, all the mandarins and doctors complimented Khalaf upon his wit and understanding.
On a divan the motion for rejection was carried by 178 to 136.
Was he absolutely in an Eastern divan, with the slight addition of all the London periodicals?
Whereupon Khalid rises and sits on the divan near the Padre.
1580s, "Oriental council of state," from Turkish divan, from Arabic diwan, from Persian devan "bundle of written sheets, small book, collection of poems" (as in the "Divan i-Hafiz"), related to debir "writer."
Sense evolved through "book of accounts," to "office of accounts," "custom house," "council chamber," then to "long, cushioned seat," such as are found along the walls in Middle Eastern council chambers (see couch). The sofa/couch sense was taken into English 1702; the "book of poems" sense in 1823.