[ot-uh-muh n]
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noun, plural Ot·to·mans. Also Othman (for defs 3, 4).
  1. a Turk.
  2. a Turk of the family or tribe of Osman.
  3. (lowercase) a cushioned footstool.
  4. (lowercase) a low cushioned seat without back or arms.
  5. (lowercase) a kind of divan or sofa, with or without a back.
  6. (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)
Related formsOt·to·man·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for ottoman

stool, hassock, footrest

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British Dictionary definitions for ottoman


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

Word Origin for ottoman

C17: from French ottomane, feminine of Ottoman



  1. history of or relating to the Ottomans or the Ottoman Empire
  2. denoting or relating to the Turkish language
noun plural -mans
  1. 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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