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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
ottoman
noun
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▪ Bench press: At the past few markets, ottomans were big news.
▪ He pushed the ottoman over and I put my feet up.
▪ If you get tired of tiger stripes you can always recover an ottoman or buy new accent pillows.
▪ One extremity of the saloon is occupied by an ottoman, finished in satin, ensuite with the curtains.
▪ Simon Horn also has mattresses and divan, bedside tables, chests of drawers, ottomans and wardrobes.
▪ The graphic qualities of a faux zebra rug or an ocelot ottoman can add pizazz to a contemporary or minimalist setting.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Ottoman

Ottoman \Ot"to*man\, a. [F. ottoman: cf. It. ottomano, ottomanno; -- from Othoman, Othman, or Osman, the name of a sultan who assumed the government of Turkey about the year 1300. Cf. Osmanli, Ottoman a stuffed seat.] Of or pertaining to the Turks; as, the Ottoman power or empire.

Ottoman

Ottoman \Ot"to*man\, n.; pl. Ottomans.

  1. A Turk.

  2. [F. ottomane, from ottoman Turkish.] A stuffed seat without a back, originally used in Turkey.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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).

Wiktionary
ottoman

n. 1 An upholstered sofa, without arms or a back, sometimes with a compartment for storing linen, etc. 2 A low stool or thick cushion used to rest the feet or as a seat. 3 A fabric with a pronounced ribbed or corded effect, often made of silk or a mixture .

Wikipedia
Ottoman (furniture)

An ottoman is a form of couch which usually has a head but no back, though sometimes it has neither. It may have square or semicircular ends, and as a rule it is what upholsterers call “stuffed over” — that is to say no wood is visible.

In American English, 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, 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, pouf or pouffe. Many ottomans are hollow and used for storage. Ottomans can be used in many rooms; they can be used in the bedroom, gaming room, family room and guest room. Leather and bench ottomans are used as alternatives to sofas.

Ottoman

Ottoman may refer to:

  • Ottoman Empire, in existence from 1299 to 1923
  • Ottoman Caliphate, claimant to an Islamic caliphate from 1362 to 1924
  • Ottoman dynasty, ruling family of the Ottoman Empire
    • Osman I (1258–1326), founder and namesake of the Ottoman Empire and dynasty
    • Osmanoğlu family, modern members of the family
  • Ottoman Turks, the Turkic ethnic group in the Ottoman Empire
  • Ottoman Turkish language
  • Ottoman (furniture), padded stool or footstool
  • Ottoman military bands
  • Ottoman (textile), fabric with a pronounced ribbed or corded effect, often made of silk or a mixture
  • Pax Ottomana, period of peace in the Ottoman Empire
  • The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors, a documentary film on the Ottomans
Ottoman (textile)

Ottoman is a fabric with a pronounced ribbed or corded effect, often made of silk or a mixture of cotton and other silk like yarns. It is mostly used for formal dress and in particular, legal dress (such as QC gowns) and academic dress (mostly for hoods).

Ottoman made of pure silk is very expensive so artificial silk is used instead to create a cheaper alternative.

Grosgrain is similar to Ottoman but it is thinner and lighter than Ottoman and is used mostly for ribbons.

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Usage examples of "ottoman".

Ottomans and center of the silk trade, its quiet, declining streets abloom with minarets and cypress trees.

Ibrahim wrested Syria from the Porte, and the Ottoman empire was tottering to its fall, unless the European states should interfere to prevent it, or Russia should realize her long-cherished schemes of aggrandizement by taking the shores of the Bosphorus, which the Sultan was not able to defend, under her own protection.

He took it with him, he explained, as a precaution against Persian ague, contracted while battling against the Ottoman, and liable to recur at strange moments.

However, as the Ottoman rulers became more legitimate in the eyes of their subjects, through piety, good deeds, and good government, their swords eventually moved into the background and were replaced by a type of rule by negotiation, which, generally speaking, gave the Ottoman authoritarian tradition in the Middle East a softer edge.

The more popular support the Ottoman rulers garnered through the ages, the more they sought to sustain their authoritarianism without resort to force, but instead by building bridges to key sectors of the societies they ruled, by allowing others to share in the spoils and by never totally vanquishing their opponents, but instead always leaving them a way out so that they might one day be turned into friends.

I describe the Ottoman tradition as gentle authoritarianism, I am referring to its golden age and most idealized form.

If all had gone on as Smith believed the kind lady intended, he might have been a great Bashaw and a mighty man in the Ottoman Empire, and we might never have heard of Pocahontas.

Blackhawk piloted by a local and now she was having an English tea in an Ottoman caravanserai, complete with harem.

The emperor was not a little alarmed by a revolution at the Ottoman porte, until the new sultan despatched a chiaus to Vienna, with an assurance that he would give no assistance to the malcontents of Hungary.

Ottomans ignored them and proceeded with their expansionary preparations.

She was still naked, and seating herself beside me on an ottoman she asked me how I had enjoyed the spectacle.

The Ottoman League, founded by Mahmud Muktar Pasha, Munir Pasha, and Ahmed Rechid Bey, has adhered to the new organisation.

At the bottom he read the signature of the seraskier, city commander of the New Guard, the imperial Ottoman army.

The fact was that young Thwaites, who spoke Turkish and Greek, had accepted an invitation to enter the Ottoman service.

There were Portuguese ceramic clocks, Chinese Coptic balsa clocks, booming British grandfather clocks, imperial Ottoman clocks inlaid with mother-of-pearl and decorated with panels of Kutahya tiles, clocks in polychrome, walnut and stained glass - it made the head spin to even think about them.