[ ot-uh-muh n ]
/ ˈɒt ə mən /


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

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

Origin of Ottoman

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

Related formsOt·to·man·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ottoman


/ (ˈɒtəmən) /

noun plural -mans

  1. a low padded seat, usually armless, sometimes in the form of a chest
  2. a cushioned footstool
a corded fabric

Word Origin for ottoman

C17: from French ottomane, feminine of Ottoman



/ (ˈɒtəmən) /


history of or relating to the Ottomans or the Ottoman Empire
denoting or relating to the Turkish language

noun plural -mans

a member of a Turkish people who invaded the Near East in the late 13th century

Word Origin for Ottoman

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

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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).

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