One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural ottomans, Plural Ottomans
1A low upholstered seat without a back or arms that typically serves also as a box, with the seat hinged to form a lid.
settee, sofa, divan, chaise longue, chesterfield, love seat, settleView synonyms
- ‘For a softer, more informal look, ottomans shouldn't be overlooked.’
- ‘To do this, push together chairs, stools and ottomans so small groups can gather.’
- ‘The surrounding ottomans are covered in deep-maroon silk and fringed with gold-dyed tassels.’
- ‘The entrance leads into a large lounge flanked with recliners and ottomans.’
- ‘They passed beyond into the next chamber, finding it an almost charming place, mixing desks, chairs, ottomans, writing tables, and bookcases beneath a coffered ceiling of cherrywood panels.’
- ‘Lounge on inviting velvet banquettes, leather easy chairs or oversized ottomans and sip their divine cocktails.’
- ‘Chair backs are angled for comfort, and many chairs come with ottomans.’
- ‘His friends, spread out on various couches and ottomans, stared back at him, all of their eyes glassy.’
- ‘She suggests bringing in a bench, or a couple of ottomans from other rooms - even stacking floor pillows.’
- ‘Comfortable armchairs and low ottomans ensure visitors enjoy their drinks.’
- ‘In the living room, leather-covered seating cubes double as ottomans and slide under the coffee table when not in use.’
- ‘Long tables rimmed by ottomans and banquettes invite big groups to celebrate over family-style feasts.’
- ‘Some of the most creative Egyptian handicrafts include wooden jewelry boxes covered with mother-of-pearl, silver and hand-painted serving trays, and leather ottomans (upholstered footrests) with intricate designs.’
- ‘Footrests are a popular item to buy alongside ottomans and chairs.’
- ‘If you have a chair, it can be even more comfortable with an ottoman (a cushioned footstool), to prop your feet up on top of.’
- ‘Loveseats, club chairs and ottomans, wing chairs, recliners and dining chairs all can benefit from the addition of a fashionable slipcover.’
- ‘The lounge is decorated with low-slung ottomans and gauzy white curtains and sits between a long, curving bar and a somewhat haphazardly appointed dining area.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It can be a chair, a sofa, an ottoman, a corner unit, anything you like really, since - unlike almost every other arrangement of modular upholstered seating - it does not have to be arranged in straight rows or right angles.’
2mass noun A heavy ribbed fabric made from silk and either cotton or wool.
- ‘It is a sand-washed polynosic ottoman knit polo with bird's-eye collar.’
- ‘The men's version is a washed polynosic ottoman knit polo with bird's-eye collar.’
Early 19th century: from French ottomane, feminine of ottoman ‘Ottoman’.
1Relating to the Ottoman Empire.
- ‘The last three galleries are devoted to the Ottoman dynasty.’
- ‘It's here that the 400-year influence of Turkish Ottoman rule, which ended in the 19th century, can most clearly be seen.’
- ‘The ruling Ottoman elite added the Turkish Hospital in 1895 and a hammam (Turkish bath house) and fortress in the early twentieth century.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 Relating to the Turkish dynasty of Osman I (Othman I), or to the branch of the Turks to which he belonged.
nounPlural ottomans, Plural Ottomans
A Turk, especially of the period of the Ottoman Empire.
- ‘The Russian victories over the Ottomans in 1768-74 gave them the opportunity to initiate the partition of Poland.’
- ‘The Ottomans protected the region from invasion by the major European powers until the nineteenth century.’
- ‘During the 1700s and 1800s, the Russian Empire battled the Ottomans for control over the region.’
- ‘From the Ottomans it passed directly to the British.’
- ‘However, eighteen months after the expulsion of the Ottomans there was still no Arab government in place, and a rebellion started by the Euphrates tribes was in full swing.’
- ‘The Ottomans were then replaced by the British and French colonies.’
- ‘Assyrians were in the region long before the British, the Ottomans, the Arabs, and the Kurds.’
- ‘While Sharif Hussein's sons gathered an army to fight the Ottomans, British and French officials were already deciding the real shape of the postwar Middle East.’
- ‘It is important to note that although they were Muslims, the Ottomans were not Arabs - they were Turks.’
- ‘This tolerant approach of the Moors and Ottomans is instructive for today's world.’
- ‘Here we marvelled at more of the chequered history of our host country involving the Byzantines, the Romans, and the Ottomans as well as the Bulgarians.’
- ‘The galleys with which the Greeks fought the Persians in classical times were not so different from those with which the Venetians fought the Ottomans 2,000 years later.’
- ‘Instead, the Ottomans insisted on treating European states on their own Islamic terms.’
- ‘But the Turks were never just Ottomans, or Muslims, or even Asiatics.’
- ‘The Romans, Ottomans, and British resolved this issue easily and brutally, through the imposition of imperial levies.’
- ‘The Turks were never just Ottomans and Muslims, you see.’
- ‘Why they stayed there so long is because the Babylonians and later the Persians and the Ottomans made life in that part of the world relatively easy.’
- ‘The arrival of the Mongols and the Ottomans had disrupted trade routes, and certain areas of Europe were edging into depression.’
- ‘The Ottomans, when they were facing British and French incursion, put together this idea of pan-Islam back in the 1880s.’
- ‘In fact, the British needed the Ottoman alliance against the French to protect their Indian routes as much as the Ottomans needed the British.’
Based on Arabic ‘uṯmānī (adjective), from ‘Uṯmān ‘Othman’.
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