plural fezzes also fezes
: 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
fezzed adjective

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Examples of fez in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just as thoughtful and painstaking is the service: upon arrival, our bags were whisked away by porters in delightful red cloaks and matching fez caps, and we were led up to a leafy seating area overlooking the city to complete our check-in over Moroccan mint tea. Liam Hess, Vogue, 5 July 2024 But as Antoine de Saint-Exupéry hints in The Little Prince, fault also lay with the Europeans, whose prejudices led them to see these reforms as necessary and, say, to take Turks in top hats more seriously than Turks in fezzes. Nick Danforth, Foreign Affairs, 6 Jan. 2015 Dart turned up wearing a banya hat—like a pointy fez that keeps your brain from boiling. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 18 Dec. 2023 His imagery can occasionally seem reductive: pretzels and beers in Munich; magic carpets, aliens wearing fezzes, and a genie in a bottle in Rabat. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 11 Dec. 2023 What remained were quirky relics, like a black-and-white photograph of my dad as a little boy, wearing a fez after his circumcision ceremony. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 The Shriners would become known for their philanthropy — funding children’s hospitals — but they would also be known for their zanier side: donning fezzes and zipping around in tiny cars. John Kelly, Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2023 Bertie has been invited to many children’s tea parties and sleepovers and has endured wearing a dress, a fez and being a unicorn. Urmee Khan, CNN, 20 Mar. 2023 The director’s project was inspired by his father, an electrician who used to repair movie houses in the south, and his grandfather, who was a sailor and hakawati – a storyteller who sported a red fez while recounting folkloric tales in Tyre’s old cafes. Aj Naddaff, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Mar. 2022

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Word History


French, from Fez, Morocco

First Known Use

circa 1803, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fez was circa 1803

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Cite this Entry

“Fez.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural fezzes
: a round red felt hat that has a flat top and a tassel but no brim

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