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

Examples of casbah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web La Muralla Roja, designed in 1968 and completed in 1973, in the coastal city of Calpe, reimagined the North African casbah as a bright pink assemblage of walls and stairways as if arranged by M.C. Escher. New York Times, 19 Jan. 2022 The records company’s founder Neil Bogart channeled the movie Casablanca with a disco touch, depicting a desert casbah invitation to the exotic city. Roxanne Robinson, Forbes, 28 Aug. 2021 She was arrested at a hideout in the casbah in 1957 but freed five years later, when Algeria declared independence in 1962, sparking the mass exodus of Europeans from the country. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 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, 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 9 Aug. 2022.

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