from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In India, a raised seat, overspread with carpets or embroidered cloth and furnished with pillows for the back and elbow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a raised seat, overspread with carpets or embroidered cloth and furnished with pillows for the back and elbow. This forms the seat of honor, as in the zenana, where it is the seat of the lady of the house, and privileged visitors are invited to share it as a mark of respect and favor. It is also the ceremonial seat or throne of a rajah

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a seat with a cushion that is used as a throne by Indian princes


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  • Nabob sat on a high cushion, called the musnud, placed on a daïs which was raised several feet above the ground.

    Athelstane Ford

  • In the centre of the platform was the musnud, or state cushion of the prince, six feet square, composed of crimson velvet, richly embroidered.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • When Tippoo Saib, through the dim haze which hung over the Waterfall, discerned the splendid train of the Begum advancing, he arose from his musnud, so as to receive her near the foot of his throne, and exchanged greetings with her upon the pleasure of meeting, and enquiries after their mutual health.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • Their acclamation had no sooner ceased than Middlemas arose, bent himself before the musnud, and, in a set speech, declared his unworthiness of such high honour as had now been conferred, and his zeal for the

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • The litter stopped as it approached the tank, on the opposite side of which the Prince was seated on his musnud.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • Ved Prakash Narayan sat on a musnud, a slab of unadorned black marble.

    The Year's Best Science Fiction 23rd Annual Collection

  • Ved Prakash Narayan sat on a _musnud_, a slab of unadorned black marble.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • The place, however, was soon after surprised and recaptured by the son of the fallen chief, Nussear Khan, who, though again expelled, continued to maintain himself with a few followers in the mountains, and at last effected an accommodation with the British, and was replaced on the musnud.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 53, No. 328, February, 1843

  • King Pil. the First, and, God be thanked! the last, was raised to the -- _musnud_, we suppose, or whatsoever they call it in Pil. 's jargon.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 54, No. 337, November, 1843

  • The king’s tent-pitchers had taken possession of the saloon of audience in which he was to hold his court, where they spread fresh carpets and prepared the royal musnud, [53] covering it with

    The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan


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