• WordNet 3.6
    • adj Ottoman of or relating to the Ottoman Empire or its people or its culture
    • n ottoman a low seat or a stool to rest the feet of a seated person
    • n ottoman thick cushion used as a seat
    • n Ottoman the Turkish dynasty that ruled the Ottoman Empire from the 13th century to its dissolution after World War I
    • n Ottoman a Turk (especially a Turk who is a member of the tribe of Osman I)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ottoman A stuffed seat without a back, originally used in Turkey.
    • Ottoman A Turk.
    • a Ottoman Of or pertaining to the Turks; as, the Ottoman power or empire.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ottoman Pertaining to that branch of the Turks to which belong the founders and ruling class of the Turkish or Ottoman empire.
    • n ottoman One of that branch of the Turks which founded and rule the Turkish empire. The ottoman Turks lived originally in central Asia. Under their first sultan, Othman (reigned 1288-1326), they founded a realm in Asia Minor, which was soon extended into Europe. With the capture of Constantinople in 1453 they succeeded to the Byzantine empire, and their rule, at its height in the sixteenth century, extended over the greater part of southeastern Europe and much of western Asia and northern Africa. They have since lost Hungary, Rumania, Servia, Greece, etc., and practically Bulgaria, Egypt, etc. The Ottoman Turks are Sunnite Mohammedans, and regard the sultans as representatives of the former califs.
    • n ottoman A piece of furniture forming a seat or seats, used in a drawing-room or sitting-room. A large piece of furniture like a divan, usually circular or many-sided (so that the persons occupying it turn their backs to one another), and commonly having a raised conical center for the back, upon which is frequently a vase, as for flowers, the seat and back being upholstered with springs and stuffing.
    • n ottoman A corded silk having large cords; a kind of gros-grain. Compare faille, 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Ottoman ot′o-man pertaining to the Turkish Empire, founded by Othman or Osman about 1299
    • n Ottoman a Turk: a cushioned seat for several persons sitting with their backs to one another: a low, stuffed seat without a back: a variety of corded silk
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ottoman,: cf. It. ottomano, ottomanno,; -- from Othoman, Othman, or Osman, the name of a sultan who assumed the government of Turkey about the year 1300. Cf. Osmanli Ottoman a stuffed seat


In literature:

The Ottomans, with all their defects, are not a people to be despised.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2" by George Gordon Byron
There were paved courtyards, doors, windows with shutters, plastered walls, cupboards, benches, and ottomans.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
The provinces of the Ottoman Empire were ready for a change, and were only waiting for a man.
"History of the English People, Volume VIII (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Gora watched him from her ottoman, where she sat stark upright, as usual, and smoking calmly.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
I have said that the Ottoman empire recognises only religious denominations in the classification of the people.
"Studies in Literature and History" by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
The claim of the Ottoman Sultans to the Caliphate dates back to the time of Sultan Selim I.
"The Contemporary Review, January 1883" by Various
The end of the Ottoman Empire appears in sight.
"World's War Events, Vol. II" by Various
When Miss Todd returned to the drawing-room that lady was sitting quite by herself on an ottoman.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
A volley from the Ottomans began the fight, which was continued for four hours with stolid energy on both sides.
"The Life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, Tenth Earl of Dundonald, Vol. II" by Thomas Lord Cochrane
They brought him an ottoman, and made him understand by signs that he was to sit down.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various

In poetry:

Eva sits on the ottoman there,
Sits by a Psyche carved in stone,
With just such a face, and just such an air,
As Esther upon her throne.
"The Cameo Bracelet" by James Ryder Randall
Till Corday sprang from the gem, I swear,
And the dove-eyed damsel I knew had flown--
For Eva was not on the ottoman there,
By the Psyche carved in stone.
"The Cameo Bracelet" by James Ryder Randall
Maid of Jerusalem, by the Dead Sea,
I wandered all sorrowing thinking of thee,--
Thy city in ruins, thy kindred deplored,
All fallen and lost by the Ottoman's sword.
"The Maid Of Jerusalem" by John Clare
With his Jane, and his Annes, and his Catherines beside,
Sat Henry the Eighth, in true Ottoman pride,
And quaffed of with Wolsey the goblet's red tide;
But over the head of each lady so fair
An axe was impending, that hung by a hair.
"The Round Table or, King Arthur's Feast" by Thomas Love Peacock

In news:

Classic Film Scenes as Ottoman Paintings.
Tropitone introduces Modular Ottoman Tables.
"The Ottomans were not a nation a caste, almost a family," we learn.
After all, the majority of Albanians are Muslims and Skanderbeg is a man famous for renouncing Islam for Christianity when he rebelled against the Ottomans in 1443 and then led Albanian armies into battle against them.
Islam has long been part of the landscape in Thrace, Greece, where remnants of the twilight of the Ottoman Empire still remain.
Last Refuge of the Tall Tasseled Ottoman Hat.
Acoustics and Lighting in Ottoman Monuments.
The ottoman was always the afterthought when it came to seating.
How do you see this evolving world looking out from the old Ottoman Empire.
Drama series 'Once Upon a Time Ottoman' from pubcaster TRT pushes the limits of social taboos.
Islam has long been part of the landscape in Thrace , Greece, where remnants of the twilight of the Ottoman Empire still remain.
Albania celebrates 100 years of independence from the Ottoman Empire, declared on November 28, 1912.
It was the last, after five centuries, to push away Ottoman rule.
One and a half million Armenians were massacred by Ottoman Turks in 1915.
To understand his very contemporary kind of longing, you have to go back a bit, to the Ottoman Empire.