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divan


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Divan  \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.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  divan 
  n  1:  a  long  backless  sofa  (usually  with  pillows  against  a  wall) 
  2:  a  Muslim  council  of  state  [syn:  {diwan}] 
  3:  a  collection  of  Persian  or  Arabic  poems  (usually  by  one 
  author)  [syn:  {diwan}] 
  4:  a  Muslim  council  chamber  or  law  court  [syn:  {diwan}] 




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