noun, plural fez·zes.

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.

Origin of fez

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




a city in N Morocco: formerly one of the traditional capitals of the sultanate in the former French zone.




a city in N Morocco: formerly one of the traditional capitals of the sultanate in the former French zone.
Also Fez [fez] /fɛz/.
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Related Words for fez

beret, bonnet, beanie, pillbox, skullcap, DINK, tam

Examples from the Web for fez

Contemporary Examples of fez

  • Mutton Tagine in Zaita, Morocco This photo was taken at a tiny roadside town on the drive to Fez.

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    Jodi Ettenberg

    November 14, 2012

  • Turns out the guy was a plant from the Ron & Fez Show on Sirius XM Radio.

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    Apology Not Accepted

    Lloyd Grove

    June 16, 2009

Historical Examples of fez

  • 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


noun plural fezzes

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

Word Origin for fez

C19: via French from Turkish, from Fez



a variant of Fès




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

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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