\ 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 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, "Newington Shriners statue repeatedly vandalized, beheaded," 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, "Black Lives Matter protests spark debate over racism in the Arab world," 8 July 2020 The Shriners wore the traditional fez hats and met in a parking lot to line up. Elizabeth Zavala, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio area Alzafar Shriners take parade, personalities to retirement community in Boerne," 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, "New Books," 30 Mar. 2020 Although the triangular Cheesehead is the company’s most popular hat, at least a dozen styles are for sale, from baseball cap and fez to top hat. Mary Bergin, chicagotribune.com, "Watch Cheesehead hats get made in quirky factory tour in Milwaukee," 2 Dec. 2019 There are old photos of Aliza’s grandparents, taken in Turkey, her grandfather in a fez. Michael Shapiro, Longreads, "Book of Lamentations," 29 Oct. 2019 Under hazy skies, the Prince Hall Shriners traded in their red fezzes for T-shirts, shorts and sneakers for a walk to raise awareness and money for diabetes research at Morgan State University’s campus Saturday. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "5,000 Prince Hall Shriners descend on Baltimore this week, bearing message of diabetes prevention," 17 Aug. 2019 Na verdade, da mistura entre a minha cabeça e a do meu irmão, que sempre fez a balança perfeita para as minhas loucuras. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "Anitta Signs Worldwide Management Deal With Brandon Silverstein's S10 Entertainment," 1 Aug. 2019

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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 5 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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