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casbah

noun, often capitalized cas·bah \ˈkaz-ˌbä, ˈkäz-\

Definition of casbah

  1. 1 :  a North African castle or fortress

  2. 2 :  the native section of a North African city



Variants of casbah

also

kasbah

\ˈkaz-ˌbä, ˈkäz-\

Origin and Etymology of casbah

French, from Arabic dialect qaṣba


First Known Use: 1844


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