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.
She took a seat on the divan, and neither of them spoke a word.
She limped over to the divan upon which Cornelius Allendyce sat.
The new minister sat in the divan on the right hand of his master.
As soon as the king had left the divan, all the mandarins and doctors complimented Khalaf upon his wit and understanding.
Then he had sat down on the divan with his head in his hands.
Was he absolutely in an Eastern divan, with the slight addition of all the London periodicals?
At the same time she took her seat on the divan, and asked me to sit by her.
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.