There are 2 definitions of ottoman in English:


Syllabification: ot·to·man
Pronunciation: /ˈätəmən

noun (plural ottomans)

1A low upholstered seat, or footstool, without a back or arms that typically serves also as a box, with the seat hinged to form a lid.
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  • With a range of furnishings, from chiffonier, davenport and farthingale chairs to fauteuil and ottomans, aesthetes can choose from wide range at the exhibition.
  • Choose furnishings that serve more than one function, such as chests with both storage and seating, large ottomans that serve as coffee tables, footrests and seats and kitchen tables that also work as desks and play areas.
  • Loveseats, club chairs and ottomans, wing chairs, recliners and dining chairs all can benefit from the addition of a fashionable slipcover.
2A heavy ribbed fabric made from silk and either cotton or wool, typically used for coats.
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  • The men's version is a washed polynosic ottoman knit polo with bird's-eye collar.
  • It is a sand-washed polynosic ottoman knit polo with bird's-eye collar.


early 19th century: from French ottomane, feminine of ottoman 'Ottoman'.

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There are 2 definitions of ottoman in English:


Syllabification: Ot·to·man
Pronunciation: /ˈädəmən


1Of or relating to the Turkish dynasty of Osman I (Othman I).
1.1Of or relating to the branch of the Turks to which he belonged.
1.2Of or relating to the Ottoman Empire ruled by his successors.
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  • It's here that the 400-year influence of Turkish Ottoman rule, which ended in the 19th century, can most clearly be seen.
  • Similarly, sixteenth-century Italian paintings show little of the various new Turkish types influenced by Ottoman court art that were arriving in Venice by the 1530s.
  • The fall of Constantinople to the Turkish Ottoman forces signalled a decisive shift in international political power and confirmed the Ottomans as the most powerful empire that Europe had seen since the days of the Roman Empire.

noun (plural Ottomans)

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A Turk, especially of the period of the Ottoman Empire.
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  • But the Turks were never just Ottomans, or Muslims, or even Asiatics.
  • The Turks were never just Ottomans and Muslims, you see.
  • It is important to note that although they were Muslims, the Ottomans were not Arabs - they were Turks.


based on Arabic ῾uṯmānī (adjective), from ῾Uṯmān 'Othman'.

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