[ tur-buh n ]
/ ˈtɜr bən /


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.

Nearby words

  1. tuque,
  2. tura,
  3. turaco,
  4. turangawaewae,
  5. turanian,
  6. turban squash,
  7. turbary,
  8. turbellarian,
  9. turbid,
  10. turbidimeter

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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British Dictionary definitions for turbaned


/ (ˈtɜːbən) /


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 turbaned



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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