[ 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.

Origin of turban

1555–65; earlier torbant, variant of tulbant < Turkish tülbent < Persian dulband

Related forms

tur·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 Forms

turbaned, adjectiveturban-like, adjective

Word Origin for turban

C16: from Turkish tülbend, from Persian dulband
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