[ ot-uh-muhn ]
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  1. of or relating to the Ottoman Empire.

  2. of or relating to the lands, peoples, and possessions of the Ottoman Empire.

noun,plural Ot·to·mans.Also Othman (for defs. 3, 4).
  1. a Turk.

  2. a Turk of the family or tribe of Osman.

  1. (lowercase) a cushioned footstool.

  2. (lowercase) a low cushioned seat without back or arms.

  3. (lowercase) a kind of divan or sofa, with or without a back.

  4. (lowercase) a corded silk or rayon fabric with large cotton cord for filling.

Origin of Ottoman

1575–85; <French <Italian ottomano, after the founder of the empire (Arabic ʿuthmān); defs. 5-8 <French ottomane (feminine)

Other words from Ottoman

  • Ot·to·man·like, adjective

Words Nearby Ottoman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Ottoman in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ottoman (1 of 2)


/ (ˈɒtəmən) /

nounplural -mans
    • a low padded seat, usually armless, sometimes in the form of a chest

    • a cushioned footstool

  1. a corded fabric

Origin of ottoman

C17: from French ottomane, feminine of Ottoman

British Dictionary definitions for Ottoman (2 of 2)



/ (ˈɒtəmən) /

  1. history of or relating to the Ottomans or the Ottoman Empire

  2. denoting or relating to the Turkish language

nounplural -mans
  1. a member of a Turkish people who invaded the Near East in the late 13th century

Origin of Ottoman

C17: from French, via Medieval Latin, from Arabic Othmāni Turkish, from Turkish Othman Osman I

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