Kizilbash

noun Kiz·il·bash \¦kizəl¦bäsh\

Definition of Kizilbash

plural

Kizilbash

or

Kizilbashes

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  a community of Kurdish Turks in eastern Turkey who are Christians and whose women refuse to veil their faces

  3. 3 :  a nomadic people in the plains around Ankara, Karahisar, and Tokat

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Origin and Etymology of kizilbash

Turkish kizilbaş, from kizil red + baş head


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