\ ˈfez \
plural fezzes also fezes

Definition of fez

: a brimless cylindrical or somewhat cone-shaped hat with a flat top that usually has a tassel, is typically made of red felt, and is worn especially by men in eastern Mediterranean countries

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fezzed \ ˈfezd \ adjective

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Don’t miss the cemetery, either, where the carvings atop each tombstone indicate that person’s station in life (a fez headdress was reserved for government officials, a turban for someone of the religious order, an anchor for a seaman, and so on). Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Herbal cures have long been part of Zara's family life and are in keeping with their religion, said her father, who came to court each day wearing a red fez, as many Moorish Americans do. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Clinic, parents clash over girl's brain tumor treatment; court to decide," 13 May 2018 Don’t miss: The decor in the exotic fez room, the roof deck. Emma Silvers, San Francisco Chronicle, "Your guide to the best bars to hit on Pride weekend," 14 June 2018 Al convinces them to give up thievery and become buskers, sort of a fez-wearing boy band. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "It's a bumpy ride back to the boy-crazy '60s for the 6-woman cast of Great Lakes Theater's 'Beehive' (review)," 10 May 2018 Barcelona te agradece, eu te agradeço e os amantes de futebol agradecem por tudo que fez !!! SI.com, "Neymar Posts Heartfelt Tribute Following Andres Iniesta's Barcelona Exit Announcement," 28 Apr. 2018 At the front entrance, we were welcomed by a host of men wearing fez caps and traditional Moroccan attire. Rachel Deloache Williams, The Hive, "“As an Added Bonus, She Paid for Everything”: My Bright-Lights Misadventure with a Magician of Manhattan," 13 Apr. 2018 The Newington Sphinx Shriners darted about in their miniature cars and red fezzes like guppies in a pond. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "St. Patrick's Day Parade Packs Downtown Day After Facebook Threat," 10 Mar. 2018 The waiters in djellabahs and fezzes were a reminder of the powerful influence of Arabic culture and aesthetics on this island: The cathedral was built on what was once a Muslim farming settlement called Bulchar. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Vogue’s Hamish Bowles on His Molto Alta Weekend in Palermo With Dolce & Gabbana," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of fez

circa 1803, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fez

French, from Fez, Morocco

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English Language Learners Definition of fez

: a type of round red hat that has a flat top and no brim


\ ˈfez \
plural fezzes

Kids Definition of fez

: a round red felt hat that usually has a tassel but no brim

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