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or Cas·bah

[kaz-buh, -bah, kahz-]
  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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  • He drew a long breath, and went away to his bad work at the Kasbah.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • "Light the infidel out of the Kasbah," he shouted to his people.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • Their own women had been carried off to the palace at the Kasbah.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • The roysterers in the Kasbah sat a long half-hour in ignorance of the doom that was impending.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • When the Spanish soldiers abandoned the Kasbah he continued his search.

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British Dictionary definitions for kasbah



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 kasbah


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