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[fez] /fɛz/
noun, plural fezzes.
a felt cap, usually of a red color, having the shape of a truncated cone, and ornamented with a long black tassel, worn by men in Egypt and North Africa: formerly the national headdress of the Turks.
Origin of fez
1795-1805; < Turkish fes, after Fes Fez
Related forms
fezzy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fezzes
Historical Examples
  • It never occurred to her that those people in turbans and fezzes were human.

  • The dark faces under the fezzes were changed by the fervor of battle; the bared teeth shone out beside the locks of the rifles.


    Stephen French Whitman
  • They buried their identities under darkened hair, false moustaches, fezzes, and forged vecikas.

  • The hillside became a perfect storm of fezzes; the tide of spectators rose till its waves touched the housetops.

    The Ship Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine
  • Turbans and chimney-pots salaam to each other, and fezzes nod to straw hats and wide-awakes.

    The Battery and the Boiler R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for fezzes


noun (pl) fezzes
an originally Turkish brimless felt or wool cap, shaped like a truncated cone, usually red and with a tassel
Derived Forms
fezzed, adjective
Word Origin
C19: via French from Turkish, from Fez


a variant of Fès
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Word Origin and History for fezzes



1802, from French fez, from Turkish fes, probably ultimately from Fez, the city in Morocco, where this type of tasseled cap was principally made.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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