\ ˈfez How to pronounce fez (audio) \
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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Other Words from fez

fezzed \ ˈfezd How to pronounce fez (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fez in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That history helps explain why Sabbatai’s successor, Jacob Frank, dressed in Turkish fashion throughout his life, wearing curved shoes and a tall fez. Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2022 To add allure, Ellsworth outfitted his men—and himself—in exotic Zouave uniforms inspired by Algerian legionnaires: billowing red trousers, white gaiters, short blue jackets, gold sashes and fez-style, tasseled hats. Harold Holzer, WSJ, 28 Dec. 2021 The kids play in their everyday clothes - tunic with belt, long baggy pants, turban or fez, and athletic shoes. jsonline.com, 30 Aug. 2021 Afghan children wear traditional clothing - tunic, belt, long baggy pants and turban or fez - along with contemporary athletic shoes. jsonline.com, 30 Aug. 2021 The statue features a Shriner, wearing the recognizable fez cap and carrying a small child in one arm with a crutch or two crutches by his side. Steven Goode, courant.com, 30 Oct. 2020 That name had also long been given to a Lebanese chocolate and marshmallow treat, until the manufacturer changed it 10 years ago to Tarboosh, the Arabic word for fez. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 8 July 2020 The Shriners wore the traditional fez hats and met in a parking lot to line up. Elizabeth Zavala, ExpressNews.com, 26 Apr. 2020 The mayor’s office held a flag-raising ceremony at city hall, where a municipal official, flanked by men in red fezzes, praised the contributions of immigrants to civic life. Julian Lucas, Harper's Magazine, 30 Mar. 2020 See More

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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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“Fez.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fez. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for fez


\ ˈfez How to pronounce fez (audio) \
plural fezzes

Kids Definition of fez

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

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