plural Kizilbash or Kizilbashes
: a Persianized Turk of a class devoted to business and professional pursuits in Afghanistan
also : a member of a community of Turkish or mixed-race colonists in Asia Minor
: a community of Kurdish Turks in eastern Turkey who are Christians and whose women refuse to veil their faces
: a nomadic people in the plains around Ankara, Karahisar, and Tokat

Word History


Turkish kizilbaş, from kizil red + baş head

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“Kizilbash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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