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tarboosh

or tar·bush

[tahr-boosh]
noun
  1. a tasseled cap of cloth or felt, usually red, that is worn by Muslim men either by itself or as the inner part of the turban.
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Origin of tarboosh

1695–1705; < Arabic ṭarbūsh < Ottoman Turkish terposh, probably < Persian sarposh headdress (equivalent to sar head + pūsh covering), by association with Turkish ter sweat
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Historical Examples of tarboosh

  • In three parties of two, each accompanied by an Arab dressed in European clothes, but wearing a tarboosh, they left the hotel.

    The Sins of Sverac Bablon

    Sax Rohmer

  • The predominence of the tarboosh in the streets added to the brightness of the scene.

  • Harry himself was dressed in a linen suit of European cut, with a tarboosh or red cap on his head, with a turban twisted round it.

  • There were two figures in English dress, though one wore the tarboosh.

  • Wound about his tarboosh or fez was a bright green cufia, signifying that the wearer had made the pilgrimage to Holy Mecca.

    The Carpet from Bagdad

    Harold MacGrath


British Dictionary definitions for tarboosh

tarboosh

tarbush or tarbouche

noun
  1. a felt or cloth brimless cap resembling the fez, usually red and often with a silk tassel, worn alone or as part of a turban by Muslim men
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Word Origin for tarboosh

C18: from Arabic tarbūsh
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