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turban

[tur-buh n]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. any headdress resembling this.
  3. 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.
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Origin of turban

1555–65; earlier torbant, variant of tulbant < Turkish tülbent < Persian dulband
Related formstur·baned, adjectivetur·ban·less, adjectivetur·ban·like, adjectiveun·tur·baned, adjective
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  • She carries a book in her hand and at her feet reclines a turbaned Turk.

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    Marie D. Webster

  • The most curious thing about this turbaned Spiritualism is its development of the Koothoomi myth.

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  • And she went on wiping dishes and shaking her turbaned head.

    Frank of Freedom Hill

    Samuel A. Derieux

  • In another second the turbaned, scimitared figures were leaping on board.

    A Modern Telemachus

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Khemsa showed no emotion, but merely nodded his turbaned head.


British Dictionary definitions for turbaned

turban

noun
  1. 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
  2. a woman's brimless hat resembling this
  3. any headdress resembling this
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Derived Formsturbaned, adjectiveturban-like, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Turkish tülbend, from Persian dulband
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Word Origin and History for turbaned

turban

n.

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.

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