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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Apartments: Types A1 and A2 - double bedroom, a lounge with two divan beds, a kitchenette and a shower.
▪ There is a double divan bed and single wardrobe bed in the living-room.
▪ The living-room includes three single divan beds.
▪ A divan bed, a matchwood wardrobe and some shelves by the bed.
▪ Alison had seen, through the open door of the boudoir, the divan bed against the wall.
▪ Type A for up to four people has a twin bedroom, living room with kitchenette and double divan bed, and bathroom.
▪ Type B - up to four people one twin bedroom, living-room with double divan bed, verandah, kitchenette, private facilities.
▪ I always asked his permission before taking a place next to him on the divan.
▪ It was a modest but comfortably furnished room with a divan, low tables and large leather cushions on the floor.
▪ It was furnished simply and graciously, with deep armchairs and divans.
▪ The episode of the divan on the stairs had occurred three days ago.
▪ They sat on the musty divan with a scratchy wool plaid blanket covering them to their chins.
▪ Under a wooden veranda lay a spread of carpets and divans.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Divan \Di*van"\, n. [Per. d[=i]w[=a]n a book of many leaves, an account book, a collection of books, a senate, council: cf. Ar. daiw[=a]n, F. divan.]

  1. A book; esp., a collection of poems written by one author; as, the divan of Hafiz. [Persia]

  2. In Turkey and other Oriental countries: A council of state; a royal court. Also used by the poets for a grand deliberative council or assembly.

  3. A chief officer of state. [India]

  4. A saloon or hall where a council is held, in Oriental countries, the state reception room in places, and in the houses of the richer citizens. Cushions on the floor or on benches are ranged round the room.

  5. A cushioned seat, or a large, low sofa or couch; especially, one fixed to its place, and not movable.

  6. A coffee and smoking saloon. [Colloq.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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."\n

\nSense 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.


n. A couch- or sofa-like piece of furniture made of a mattress lying against the wall and either on the floor or an elevated structure.

  1. n. a long backless sofa (usually with pillows against a wall)

  2. a Muslim council of state [syn: diwan]

  3. a collection of Persian or Arabic poems (usually by one author) [syn: diwan]

  4. a Muslim council chamber or law court [syn: diwan]


A divan or diwan (, dīvān) was a high governmental body in a number of Islamic states, or its chief official (see dewan).

Divan (furniture)

A divan ( Turkishdivan, originally from Persiandevan) is a piece of couch-like sitting furniture or, in the UK, a box-spring based bed.

Primarily, in the Middle East (especially the Ottoman Empire), a divan was a long seat formed of a mattress laid against the side of the room, upon the floor or upon a raised structure or frame, with cushions to lean against.

Divans received this name because they were generally found along the walls in Middle Eastern council chambers of a bureau called divan or diwan (from Persian, meaning a government council or office, from the bundles of papers they processed, and next their council chambers).

Divans are a common feature of the liwan, a long, vaulted, narrow room in Levantine homes. The divan in the sense of a sofa or couch entered the English language in 1702 and has been commonly known in Europe since about the middle of the 18th century. It was fashionable, roughly from 1820 to 1850, wherever the romantic movement in literature penetrated. All the boudoirs of that generation were garnished with divans. They spread to coffee-houses, which were sometimes known as divans or Turkish divans, and a cigar divan remains a familiar expression. This is preserved today in Romanian as divan, Bulgarian and Russian as диван (divan).

Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic couch was a divan, draped with a heavy Persian rug and cushions, given to him as a gift from a patient.

Divan (Mughal architecture)

Diwan or Divan refers to two types of palatial buildings in Indian courts. They tend to occur in pairs in the Mughal imperial capitals; the most famous ones are in Agra Fort, but there are others in Red Fort, Delhi and Fatehpur Sikri and certain other princely capitals such as Amber and also in Lahore Fort Pakistan.

Usage examples of "divan".

I drew her gently into a closet where a soft divan formed a suitable altar for the completion of an amorous sacrifice.

He stood beside it, smiling, nodding the editor and little Bling onto the divan and the beefy photographer into the wide loveseat.

Ali Dey sat with folded legs upon the richly draped divan of the deys of Algiers.

Betsy in de eetkamer te zullen zien en zij begaf zich naar heur boudoir, waar de kachel reeds vlamde, en wierp zich op haar divan, diep ongelukkig in een smart vol wanhoop en verlatenheid.

Xavier Grushin from the doorway when the embarrassed Erast Fandorin lowered his legs from the hard divan.

Turksche fauteuil zette, en zij op den divan zitten bleef, steeds een beetje verlegen spelende met het snoer.

Mr Etermon taking a z-nap on the divan or stealing into the kitchen to sniff with erotic avidity the sizzling stew, represented quite unconsciously a living refutation of individual immortality, since his whole habitus was a dead-end with nothing in it capable or worthy of transcending the mortal condition.

He had to concentrate on not spilling any of his tea, the black haircloth divan was rattling so hard with their shock.

Cyrus Harding and his companions had drawn near the divan, and now arranged the cushions in such a manner as to better support the dying man.

She turned her attention to Fanny Whitcombe, who, ensconced in the corner of the opposite divan, was staring moonily at a painting of a Madonna and Child hanging on the wall.

He stamped twice upon mosaicked stones between two of the pillars, and a screen rolled aside, revealing an immense hall scattered about with low divans on which lolled a dozen or more of the dwarfish men, dressed identically as he.

The king, seated upon a raised pavonine divan, gazed intently at the prisoner before him.

New York restaurant of bygone days called Divan Parisien, where poached chicken was laid on a bed of broccoli and covered with hollandaise sauce.

While the first hooded would-be assassin howled with pain and executed a ragged rigadoon on the stately carpet, Harry was vaulting a flowered divan.

The seraskier did not rise for Yashim, but merely motioned him with dabbling fingers to a corner of the divan.