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Meaning of DIVAN

Pronunciation:  di'van

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a long backless sofa (usually with pillows against a wall)
  2. [n]  a Muslim council chamber or law court
  3. [n]  a collection of Persian or Arabic poems (usually by one author)
  4. [n]  a Muslim council of state

DIVAN is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: diwan, diwan, diwan
 See Also: anthology, boardroom, chamber, couch, council chamber, lounge, privy council, sofa



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Di*van"\, n. [Per. d[=i]w[=a]n a book of many leaves, an
account book, a collection of books, a senate, council: cf.
Ar. daiw[=a]n, F. divan.]
1. A book; esp., a collection of poems written by one author;
   as, the divan of Hafiz. [Persia]

2. 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. --Pope.

3. A chief officer of state. [India]

4. 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.

5. A cushioned seat, or a large, low sofa or couch;
   especially, one fixed to its place, and not movable.

6. A coffee and smoking saloon. [Colloq.]

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