- 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
Examples from the Web for turban
For the unfamiliar, Sikhs are required by their faith to wear a turban, known as the Dastaar.
Prior to 9/11, wearing a beard a turban may have been at times challenging.
Half the time, we had to fight the refs to allow him to play in his turban.The NCAA’s First Sikh Basketball Player Memorialized at the Smithsonian
Simran Jeet Singh
March 1, 2014
Sixteen years old and she wore a turban with a rhinestone in the middle of it.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
When the average American meets my husband, with his beard and turban, they immediately view him as foreign.My Sexy American Sikh Valentine
February 14, 2014
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.The Chinese Fairy Book
Turban and shasheeah had fallen off, and the bald crown of his head was bare.The Scapegoat
It slid up into her hair and finally twisted itself about it in a turban.The Trimming of Goosie
In order to be more at his ease, Yoga Rama removed his turban.Telepathy
W. W. Baggally
- 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
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.