[tur-buh n]


a man's headdress worn chiefly by Muslims in southern Asia, consisting of a long cloth of silk, linen, cotton, etc., wound either about a cap or directly around the head.
any headdress resembling this.
any of various off-the-face hats for women that are close-fitting, of a soft fabric, and brimless, or that have a narrow, sometimes draped, brim.

Origin of turban

1555–65; earlier torbant, variant of tulbant < Turkish tülbent < Persian dulband
Related formstur·baned, adjectivetur·ban·less, adjectivetur·ban·like, adjectiveun·tur·baned, adjective
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Related Words for turban

hat, bandana, cap, lungi

Examples from the Web for turban

Contemporary Examples of turban

Historical Examples of turban

  • He's so dignified I wish his turban would blow off or something.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • With that she entered the room, threw back her mantle and took off her turban.

  • Turban and shasheeah had fallen off, and the bald crown of his head was bare.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • It slid up into her hair and finally twisted itself about it in a turban.

  • In order to be more at his ease, Yoga Rama removed his turban.


    W. W. Baggally

British Dictionary definitions for turban



a man's headdress, worn esp by Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs, made by swathing a length of linen, silk, etc, around the head or around a caplike base
a woman's brimless hat resembling this
any headdress resembling this
Derived Formsturbaned, adjectiveturban-like, adjective

Word Origin for turban

C16: from Turkish tülbend, from Persian dulband
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Word Origin and History for turban

1560s, from Middle French turbant, from Italian turbante (Old Italian tolipante), from Turkish tülbent "gauze, muslin, tulle," from Persian dulband "turban." The change of -l- to -r- may have taken place in Portuguese India and thence been picked up in other European languages. A men's headdress in Muslim lands, it was popular in Europe and America c.1776-1800 as a ladies' fashion.

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