• WordNet 3.6
    • n divan a long backless sofa (usually with pillows against a wall)
    • n divan a Muslim council chamber or law court
    • n divan a collection of Persian or Arabic poems (usually by one author)
    • n divan a Muslim council of state
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Divan A book; esp., a collection of poems written by one author; as, the divan of Hafiz.
    • Divan A chief officer of state.
    • Divan A coffee and smoking saloon.
    • Divan A cushioned seat, or a large, low sofa or couch; especially, one fixed to its place, and not movable.
    • Divan A saloon or hall where a council is held, in Oriental countries, the state reception room in places, and in the houses of the richer citizens. Cushions on the floor or on benches are ranged round the room.
    • Divan In Turkey and other Oriental countries: A council of state; a royal court. Also used by the poets for a grand deliberative council or assembly.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n divan A council, especially a council of state; specifically, in Turkey, the chief or privy council of the Porte, presided over by the grand vizir and made up of the ministers and heads of departments. It meets twice a week.
    • n divan A council-chamber; a hall; a court; a state- or reception-room in palaces and the houses of richer citizens.
    • n divan A kind of coffee-house where smoking tobacco is the principal enjoyment.
    • n divan A cushioned seat standing against the wall of a room; a kind of sofa: a sense derived by transfer from that of ‘council-chamber’ or ‘hall’ (def. 2) as furnished with low sofas, covered with rich carpets, and provided with many cushions.
    • n divan A book, especially a collection of poems by a single author: as, the divan of Sadi.
    • n divan [Used with reference to the Turks, Arabs, Persians, and other Orientals; in sense 4 also (in the form divan only) used in a general application.]
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Divan di-van′ the Turkish council of state: a court of justice: used poetically of any council or assembly: a council-chamber with cushioned seats: a sofa: a smoking-room: a collection of poems.
    • ***


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Per. dīwān, a book of many leaves, an account book, a collection of books, a senate, council: cf. Ar. daiwān, F. divan,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ar. and Pers. díwán, a long seat.


In literature:

Janet Bagley and Tim Fisher sat on the low divan in the living room half-facing each other.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith
The marble floors were covered with thick rugs, and each room had its divan, with soft cushions and rich shawls and covers.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
The steward hugged him like a brother, perhaps maliciously, and carried him to a divan in the cabin.
"Stand By The Union" by Oliver Optic
It was an hour since she had come down from the roof, and having eaten a little bread, with soup, she lay on a divan writing in a small book.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Charmian was on a divan beside Madame Sennier.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
She then walked slowly and faintly across the room toward the divan and sank down on it.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Florinda took a cigarette, lit it, and, perching herself on a divan, which was secretly a coal box, she smoked fiercely.
"The Third Violet" by Stephen Crane
These costly carpets, and these rich divans, in what proud harem shall we find their match?
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
His divan is charming; you will always find there the most intelligent people.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
He drew her over to the divan where the gold on the cushions still gleamed through the shadows.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio

In poetry:

Prince, the stone's shade on your divan
Falls; it is longer than ye wist:
It preaches, as Time's gnomon can,
This monument in London mist!
"Ballade Of Cleopatra's Needle" by Andrew Lang
On couches filled with odors faint and failing,
Divans profound as tombs, we shall recline;
Around us, with strange languid petals paling,
The flowers that bloomed where ampler heavens shine.
"The Death of Lovers" by Clark Ashton Smith
Behold! yon midnight dark divan,
The plunderers of our right,
Fell sorcerers, mustering ev'ry ban
Our happiness to blight;
Why lingers yet the nation's ire,
Why bursteth not the flood of fire?
"The Lancashire Hymn." by Samuel Bamford

In news:

As always this single divan is made from pallets.
The divan bed for your loved pet.
Our Chicken Divan Puffs take advantage of lots of store-bought shortcuts, but don't skimp on looks or taste.
Chicken Divan Crêpes with Gruyère.
HOWARD — Mabel Grace Divan , 82, of Coshocton Road, Howard, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
IN the photograph, a girl reclines on a divan.
Truth be told I'd love to laze about allowing my serving boys to feed me peeled grapes as I recline on a divan composed entirely of rejected F&Gs.
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra was founded by Barenboim and the late scholar Edward Said in 1999.