divan divan  /dɪ ˈvæn/


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



  1. A divan can be a place to sit and do nothing.
  2. He sat behind a desk while his guests took the couch theyd bump one another down the divan as new ones arrived, still encouraged to join in the conversation.
  3. Sheriff Emison hid the jail keys under a divan, tried to outtalk his visitors.


  • Cook's Corner: Divine Chicken Divan

    Q: At least 30 years ago, there was a wonderful restaurant parallel to the West Side Highway in Greenwich Village in New York City. It was called Inca and they served Chicken Divan over asparagus.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The St. Augustine Record

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  • Vassall said: "We had drinks, a large dinner and I was plied with very strong brandy and after half an hour I remember everybody taking off their jackets and somebody assisted me to take off mine. In one corner there was a large divan. I remember...
    on Jun 29, 2006 By: John Vassall Source: Independent

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