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.
A chief officer of state.
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.
A coffee and smoking saloon.
A private smoking-room or club.
The privy council of the Ottoman Empire (Turkish, from Persian diwan account book)
Persian term initially designating the official registers,later the administrative offices of the state, and finally the sovereign's council of state. There was a distinction between the Divan i-Am, or chamber for public audience with the prince which was part of the throne room, and the Divan i-Khas, or private audience room, used during courtly ceremonies.
a Muslim council of state
a Muslim council chamber or law court
Council of State of Justice.
Council of senior military officers during the Ottoman period.
A council of an Islamic state, brought in by Ottomans. Pr.
Divan or diwan (Persian Ø¯ÛŒÙˆØ§Ù†) was a high governmental body in a number of Islamic states, or its chief official (see Diwan (title)). The piece of furniture was also named after it.