- a Turk.
- a Turk of the family or tribe of Osman.
- (lowercase) a cushioned footstool.
- (lowercase) a low cushioned seat without back or arms.
- (lowercase) a kind of divan or sofa, with or without a back.
- (lowercase) a corded silk or rayon fabric with large cotton cord for filling.
Origin of Ottoman
Examples from the Web for ottoman
That so-called war to end wars decimated an entire generation in Britain, as it did from France to the Ottoman Empire.Blood and War: The Hard Truth About ‘Boots on the Ground’
September 22, 2014
Yalta was great for strolls along the sea during the Byzantine, Ottoman and Russian empires.Putin's Crimea Is a Big Anti-Gay Casino
September 8, 2014
The political structures established by the Ottoman Turks in the 1500s, especially in Iraq and Syria, have crumbled.Here’s What the U.S. Has to Do to Deal With the Mad Middle East
Leslie H. Gelb
July 16, 2014
Until 1924, the Caliphate was the preserve of the Ottoman Empire, which was succeeded by a secular Turkish state.Why the Caliphate Will Devour Its Children
July 11, 2014
Tribal, sectarian and territorial conflicts made it a constantly turbulent place, despite the hammer of Ottoman rule.Gertrude of Arabia, the Woman Who Invented Iraq
June 17, 2014
By the sword the Ottoman Empire was reared and by the sword it has been ruled ever since.
Schwarz stands behind the ottoman, his palette and brushes in his hands.
Below these, toward centre, an ottoman, with a tiger-skin on it.
As she spoke, she seated herself on an ottoman, and pointed to a place at her side.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
Twelve thousand Christian slaves were freed from the Ottoman galleys.The Story of the Barbary Corsairs
- a low padded seat, usually armless, sometimes in the form of a chest
- a cushioned footstool
- a corded fabric
- history of or relating to the Ottomans or the Ottoman Empire
- denoting or relating to the Turkish language
- a member of a Turkish people who invaded the Near East in the late 13th century
Word Origin and History for ottoman
1580s (n.), c.1600 (adj.), from French Ottoman, from Italian Ottomano, from Arabic 'Uthmani "of or belonging to 'Uthman," Arabic masc. proper name, which in Turkish is pronounced Othman (see Osmanli), name of the founder of the dynasty and empire. Ending altered in Italian by formation of a new false singular, because -i was a plural inflection in Italian. Byron used the more correct form Othman, and a few writers have followed him. The type of couch so called (1806) because one reclined on it, which was associated with Eastern customs (see couch).