cas·​bah | \ ˈkaz-ˌbä How to pronounce casbah (audio) , ˈkäz- How to pronounce casbah (audio) \
variants: or Casbah or less commonly kasbah or Kasbah

Definition of casbah

1 : a North African castle or fortress
2 : the native section of a North African city

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Recent Examples on the Web The community’s salmon-pink palette was suggested by the rosy sandstone walls, and its hilltop clubhouse, introduced by a Middle Eastern-style water stair, was placed to overlook the villas like a casbah surveying so many riads. Peter Haldeman, New York Times, "California’s Marrakesh: A Country Club That’s Chic Again," 26 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of casbah

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for casbah

French, from Arabic dialect qaṣba

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“Casbah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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