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fez

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noun, plural fez·zes.
  1. a felt cap, usually of a red color, having the shape of a truncated cone, and ornamented with a long black tassel, worn by men in Egypt and North Africa: formerly the national headdress of the Turks.
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Origin of fez

1795–1805; < Turkish fes, after Fes Fez
Related formsfez·zy, adjective

Fez

[fez]
noun
  1. a city in N Morocco: formerly one of the traditional capitals of the sultanate in the former French zone.
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Fès

[fes]
noun
  1. a city in N Morocco: formerly one of the traditional capitals of the sultanate in the former French zone.
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Also Fez [fez] /fɛz/.
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Examples from the Web for fez

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Historical Examples

  • He wore the light flexile mail of the ancient heroes of Araby or Fez.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Absalam followed his father to Fez, and visited him in prison.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • What did he say about the others—the tall man with the fez, for instance?

    Against Odds

    Lawrence L. Lynch

  • He was in a position to form alliances with Fez and Morocco.

  • I buckled on the sabre, and Gregorios set the fez carefully on my head.

    Paul Patoff

    F. Marion Crawford


British Dictionary definitions for fez

fez

noun plural fezzes
  1. an originally Turkish brimless felt or wool cap, shaped like a truncated cone, usually red and with a tassel
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Derived Formsfezzed, adjective

Word Origin

C19: via French from Turkish, from Fez

Fez

noun
  1. a variant of Fès
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Fès

Fez

noun
  1. a city in N central Morocco, traditional capital of the north: became an independent kingdom in the 11th century, at its height in the 14th century; religious centre; university (850). Pop: 664 000 (2003)
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Word Origin and History for fez

n.

1802, from French fez, from Turkish fes, probably ultimately from Fez, the city in Morocco, where this type of tasseled cap was principally made.

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