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Ottoman

[ot-uh-muh n] /ˈɒt ə mən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the Ottoman Empire.
2.
of or relating to the lands, peoples, and possessions of the Ottoman Empire.
noun, plural Ottomans. Also, Othman (for defs 3, 4).
3.
a Turk.
4.
a Turk of the family or tribe of Osman.
5.
(lowercase) a cushioned footstool.
6.
(lowercase) a low cushioned seat without back or arms.
7.
(lowercase) a kind of divan or sofa, with or without a back.
8.
(lowercase) a corded silk or rayon fabric with large cotton cord for filling.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < French < Italian ottomano, after the founder of the empire (Arabic ʿuthmān); in defs. 5-8 < French ottomane (feminine)
Related forms
Ottomanlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ottomanlike

ottoman

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

Ottoman

/ˈɒtəmən/
adjective
1.
(history) of or relating to the Ottomans or the Ottoman Empire
2.
denoting or relating to the Turkish language
noun (pl) -mans
3.
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 ottomanlike

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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Encyclopedia Article for ottomanlike

ottoman

deeply upholstered seat of any shape, with or without a back, introduced into Europe in the late 18th century from Turkey, where, piled with cushions, it was the central piece of domestic seating. One of the early versions was designed as a piece of fitted furniture to go entirely around three walls of a room, and from this evolved a smaller version, designed to fit the corner of a room

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