- 1 (also divan bed) British A bed consisting of a base and mattress but no footboard or headboard.More example sentences
- For example, instead of putting a lavish bed into the bedroom we bought a standard divan bed and had a headboard made.
- In drawers under the divan bed were four large bags of herbal cannabis and five smaller bags.
- He found Mullen hiding inside the divan bed and he detained him until the police returned.
- 2A long, low sofa without a back or arms.More example sentences
- They piled out into a bigger room with several worn couches and divans.
- I spotted Jonas and his friends lounging on ornate, divan couches in the ‘mirror’ room.
- She pulled the low writing desk to the divan, and reached into the jar.
- 3 • historical A legislative body, council chamber, or court of justice in the Ottoman Empire or elsewhere in the Middle East.More example sentences
- The king holds court in the divan, where citizens can make requests or express complaints.
- The palace comprises tall, elaborately decorated rooms where the Khan held his divans, or council meetings.
- Every year the divan, the ruling council of the Pirate Republic of Bou Regreg met to elect two officers for the year.
late 16th century (in sense 3): via French or Italian from Turkish dīvān, from Persian dīwān 'anthology, register, court, or bench'; compare with diwan. As a piece of furniture, a divan was originally (early 18th century) a low bench or raised section of floor against an interior wall, used as a long seat and common in Middle Eastern countries; European imitation of this led to the sense 'low flat sofa or bed' (late 19th century).