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Casbah

[kaz-buh, -bah, kahz-]
noun
  1. Kasbah.
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Kasbah

or Cas·bah

[kaz-buh, -bah, kahz-]
noun
  1. the older, native Arab quarter of a North African city, especially Algiers.
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Origin of Kasbah

From the Arabic word qaṣabah citadel
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  • Surely some portion of the Casbah must still rise above the waves?

    Off on a Comet

    Jules Verne


British Dictionary definitions for casbah

casbah

noun
  1. (sometimes capital) a variant spelling of kasbah
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kasbah

casbah

noun (sometimes capital)
  1. the citadel of any of various North African cities
  2. the quarter in which a kasbah is locatedCompare medina
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Word Origin

from Arabic qaṣba citadel
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Word Origin and History for casbah

n.

1738, from French casbah, from North African Arabic dialect kasba "fortress."

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kasbah

n.

see casbah.

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