- a council chamber, judgment hall, audience chamber, or bureau of state.
- a large building used for some official or public purpose, as a custom house.
Origin of divan1
Definition for divan (2 of 2)
adjective (esp. of chicken or turkey breast)
Origin of divan2
Examples from the Web for divan
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.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Marlon Brando yelled at the audience about dead children from a divan clad in a purple muumuu.
This divan is protected from rain by the semi-dome, and from the sun by curtains or mats hung across the arched opening.A History of Art in Chalda & Assyria, v. 1|Georges Perrot
He managed to grasp the corner of the blanket on the divan as he went, and he dragged it behind him.The Voice of the Pack|Edison Marshall
With a loud, wild cry, she sank back upon the divan, and a torrent of tears gushed from her eyes.Frederick The Great and His Family|L. Muhlbach
The short top of the L, not cut off from the rest of the room, was installed as a cabinet de toilette, but it had a divan.The Pretty Lady |Arnold E. Bennett
McKelvie glanced hastily about and then striding to the divan he bent down and sniffed at it critically.The Mystery of the Hidden Room|Marion Harvey
British Dictionary definitions for divan
- a backless sofa or couch, designed to be set against a wall
- a bed resembling such a couch
- a Muslim law court, council chamber, or counting house
- a Muslim council of state
Word Origin for divan
Word Origin and History for divan
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.