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