Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Divan (Persian, plural of div, God), properly an assemblage of supernatural beings; hence applied to the council of a prince, and transferred, first to the highly ornamented chamber in which such councils were held, and next to a common article of furniture in it - a kind of settee or sofa. It was also applied to a collection of poems - a use imitated in Europe by Goethe.