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[ot-uh-muh n] /ˈɒt ə mən/
of or relating to the Ottoman Empire.
of or relating to the lands, peoples, and possessions of the Ottoman Empire.
noun, plural Ottomans. Also, Othman (for defs 3, 4).
a Turk.
a Turk of the family or tribe of Osman.
(lowercase) a cushioned footstool.
(lowercase) a low cushioned seat without back or arms.
(lowercase) a kind of divan or sofa, with or without a back.
(lowercase) a corded silk or rayon fabric with large cotton cord for filling.
Origin of Ottoman
1575-85; < French < Italian ottomano, after the founder of the empire (Arabic ʿuthmān); in defs. 5-8 < French ottomane (feminine)
Related forms
Ottomanlike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for Ottoman
  • Many of them came via traders and soldiers from and in the Ottoman empire.
  • In Ottoman times these duties had been fulfilled by the bureaucracy in istanbul.
  • It seems to have been prepared for sale in the Ottoman empire.
  • This had serious negative consequences at all levels of Ottoman society.
  • The representatives formed the imperial government of the Ottoman empire.
  • Concepts of Ottoman architecture mainly circle around the mosque.
  • But the collapsing Ottoman economy could not sustain the fleet strength.
  • He also recaptured the territories lost to the Ottomans and invaded the Ottoman empire.
  • The five centuries of Ottoman rule featured violence and oppression.
  • Accessories in place of a builtin footrest, some chairs come with a matching Ottoman.
British Dictionary definitions for Ottoman


noun (pl) -mans
  1. a low padded seat, usually armless, sometimes in the form of a chest
  2. a cushioned footstool
a corded fabric
Word Origin
C17: from French ottomane, feminine of Ottoman


(history) of or relating to the Ottomans or the Ottoman Empire
denoting or relating to the Turkish language
noun (pl) -mans
a member of a Turkish people who invaded the Near East in the late 13th century
Word Origin
C17: from French, via Medieval Latin, from Arabic Othmāni Turkish, from Turkish Othman Osman I
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Word Origin and History for Ottoman

1580s (n.), c.1600 (adj.), from French Ottoman, from Italian Ottomano, from Arabic 'Uthmani "of or belonging to 'Uthman," Arabic masc. proper name, which in Turkish is pronounced Othman (see Osmanli), name of the founder of the dynasty and empire. Ending altered in Italian by formation of a new false singular, because -i was a plural inflection in Italian. Byron used the more correct form Othman, and a few writers have followed him. The type of couch so called (1806) because one reclined on it, which was associated with Eastern customs (see couch).

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