[ dih-van, -vahn or, especially for 1, dahy-van ]
/ dɪˈvæn, -ˈvɑn or, especially for 1, ˈdaɪ væn /
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Origin of divan

1580–90; <Turkish <Persian dīwān, originally dēvan booklet (whence account book, office, council, bench)

Definition for divan (2 of 2)

[ dih-van ]
/ dɪˈvæn /

adjective (esp. of chicken or turkey breast)

sliced and baked in a casserole with broccoli and hollandaise sauce.

Origin of divan

First recorded in 1935–40; named after its place of origin, the Divan Parisienne Restaurant, in the Chatham Hotel, Manhattan, New York; see divine
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British Dictionary definitions for divan

/ (dɪˈvæn) /


  1. a backless sofa or couch, designed to be set against a wall
  2. a bed resembling such a couch
(esp formerly) a room for smoking and drinking, as in a coffee shop
  1. a Muslim law court, council chamber, or counting house
  2. a Muslim council of state
a collection of poems
(in Muslim law) an account book
Also called (for senses 2–5): diwan

Word Origin for divan

C16: from Turkish dīvān, from Persian dīwān
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