Turkish bath


Turkish bath

noun

: a bath in which a person passes through a series of rooms that are increasingly hot and then has a massage and takes a cold shower

Full Definition of TURKISH BATH

:  a bath in which the bather passes through a series of steam rooms of increasing temperature and then receives a rubdown, massage, and cold shower

First Known Use of TURKISH BATH

1644

Turkish bath

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Bath originating in the Middle East, combining exposure to warm air, steam immersion, massage, and a cold bath or shower. The Turkish bath (hammam) reflects the fusion of the massage and cosmetic aspects of the Eastern bath tradition and the plumbing and heating techniques of the Romans. Turkish baths were smaller than the Roman thermae and more sparsely lit. The baths at Constantinople were domed, and rooms were richly decorated with marble or mosaics. Used for socializing and relaxation as well as bathing, the hammam was popular throughout the Islamic world; some baths are still in use. In the 19th century, the Turkish bath was adapted and exported to Europe and the U.S.

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