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[kaz-buh, -bah, kahz-] /ˈkæz bə, -bɑ, ˈkɑz-/
the older, native Arab quarter of a North African city, especially Algiers.
Origin of Kasbah
From the Arabic word qaṣabah citadel Unabridged
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  • He drew a long breath, and went away to his bad work at the Kasbah.

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  • "Light the infidel out of the Kasbah," he shouted to his people.

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  • Their own women had been carried off to the palace at the Kasbah.

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  • The roysterers in the Kasbah sat a long half-hour in ignorance of the doom that was impending.

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  • When the Spanish soldiers abandoned the Kasbah he continued his search.

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  • The Kasbah was afire; it had been burning since the banquet of the night before.

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  • Therefore in the wake of his master he set out forthwith to the Kasbah.

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  • At last we reached the prison, the principal feature of the Kasbah.

British Dictionary definitions for Kasbah


noun (sometimes capital)
the citadel of any of various North African cities
the quarter in which a kasbah is located Compare medina
Word Origin
from Arabic qaṣba citadel
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