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[tur-buh n] /ˈtɜr bən/
a man's headdress worn chiefly by Muslims in southern Asia, consisting of a long cloth of silk, linen, cotton, etc., wound either about a cap or directly around the head.
any headdress resembling this.
any of various off-the-face hats for women that are close-fitting, of a soft fabric, and brimless, or that have a narrow, sometimes draped, brim.
Origin of turban
1555-65; earlier torbant, variant of tulbant < Turkish tülbent < Persian dulband
Related forms
turbaned, adjective
turbanless, adjective
turbanlike, adjective
unturbaned, adjective Unabridged
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  • He's so dignified I wish his turban would blow off or something.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • With that she entered the room, threw back her mantle and took off her turban.

  • turban and shasheeah had fallen off, and the bald crown of his head was bare.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • It slid up into her hair and finally twisted itself about it in a turban.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • In order to be more at his ease, Yoga Rama removed his turban.

    Telepathy W. W. Baggally
British Dictionary definitions for turban


a man's headdress, worn esp by Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs, made by swathing a length of linen, silk, etc, around the head or around a caplike base
a woman's brimless hat resembling this
any headdress resembling this
Derived Forms
turbaned, adjective
turban-like, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Turkish tülbend, from Persian dulband
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Word Origin and History for turban

1560s, from Middle French turbant, from Italian turbante (Old Italian tolipante), from Turkish tülbent "gauze, muslin, tulle," from Persian dulband "turban." The change of -l- to -r- may have taken place in Portuguese India and thence been picked up in other European languages. A men's headdress in Muslim lands, it was popular in Europe and America c.1776-1800 as a ladies' fashion.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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