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  1. a vaulted portal opening onto a courtyard: used often in Iranian mosque architecture.
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Also ivan, liwan.

Origin of iwan

From the Persian word īwān
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Examples from the Web for iwan

Historical Examples

  • Next year, too, there came a son and heir; whom they called Iwan, in honor of his Russian Great-grandfather.

    History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. X. (of XXI.)

    Thomas Carlyle

  • Iwan, son of prince Anthony Ulric, of Russia, massacred in prison by his keepers.

  • As answer I will give the finely just acknowledgment of Iwan Bloch on this very question.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • I wish to refer to a point of special importance now, which I find is brought forward, in this connection, by Iwan Bloch.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • You ask me what I think of the death of poor Iwan, and of the person who ordered it.