tur·​ban | \ ˈtər-bən How to pronounce turban (audio) \

Definition of turban

1 : a headdress worn chiefly in countries of the eastern Mediterranean and southern Asia consisting of a long cloth that is wrapped around a cap (as by Muslims) or directly around the head (as by Sikhs and Hindus)
2 : a headdress resembling a turban specifically : a woman's close-fitting hat without a brim
3 : a rolled stuffed fillet of fish turban of sole

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Other Words from turban

turbaned or turbanned \ ˈtər-​bənd How to pronounce turban (audio) \ adjective

Examples of turban in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since Gill is a Sikh and wears a turban, investigators had at first considered he may have been targeted because of his religion. Fox News, "California deputy charged with faking ambush attack while on duty," 31 Jan. 2021 Across the road, Jagjeet Singh, a burly man with a large fanny pack and a light purple turban, churns a hefty pot of milk coffee from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. New York Times, "In the Cold and Rain, India’s Farmers Press Their Stand Against Modi," 9 Jan. 2021 In the campaign, Vernon wears the look with a matching yellow turban — that’s also part of the drop — and carries a golden umbrella. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Eloquii Taps Plus-Size Hijabi Model Leah Vernon As The Face Of Its New Line," 16 Nov. 2020 Who knew that sequined Armani would pair perfectly with piles of Tiffany & Co. jewels and a white turban? Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Taraji P. Henson Raised the Bar for Awards Show Fashion at the AMAs," 23 Nov. 2020 Lewanai Agha, 76, in a white scarf and turban, looked on from the edge of his orchard as Mr. Amiri boxed his pomegranates. Taimoor Shah, New York Times, "Where the Pomegranate Harvest Is Life, the Taliban Brought Ruin," 22 Nov. 2020 Marley twists are carefully woven and wrapped around her head like a turban made of yarn. Allure, "Protective Styles Are the Armor Black Women Have Worn for Centuries," 20 Nov. 2020 To mark the start of the Charlie Hebdo trial, the magazine republished several of the cartoons, including one that depicts the prophet wearing a bomb on his head instead of a turban. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Terror attacks in France over Mohammad cartoons spark debate on secularism, Islamophobia," 31 Oct. 2020 Before going live, the host, who wore a turban and a black Mickey Mouse shirt, sat on the set scrolling through his phone in silence. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "How Pro-Trump Disinformation Is Swaying a New Generation of Cuban-American Voters," 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of turban

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for turban

Middle French turbant, from Italian turbante, from Turkish tülbent, from Persian dulband

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8 Feb 2021

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“Turban.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turban. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of turban

: a head covering that is worn especially by men in some parts of the Middle East and in southern Asia and that is made of a long cloth wrapped around the head


tur·​ban | \ ˈtər-bən How to pronounce turban (audio) \

Kids Definition of turban

1 : a head covering worn especially by Muslims and made of a long cloth wrapped around the head or around a cap
2 : a woman's small soft hat with no brim

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