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

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Nirvair Singh of the Sikh Coalition talked of the spate of attacks on Sikhs in America, often targeted for their turbans and facial hair. Anahita Mukherji, Quartz India, "A hate crime against an Indian-American unites Silicon Valley’s Sunnyvale," 31 May 2019 Her afro is elegantly wrapped in a black turban with an intricate sheer veil, which adds another element of gender mystique. Terry Nguyen, Teen Vogue, "Zazie Beetz’s Suit-Dress Is The Definition of Camp," 7 May 2019 Gucci is receiving backlash (again) for selling a turban on the Nordstrom website that was originally shown during the luxury brand’s Fall/Winter 2018 runway show. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Nordstrom Pulls Gucci Turban From Website After Facing Criticism," 17 May 2019 Pops of fabric are the exact shade of his grandfather’s favorite turbans (marigold). Kaitlin Phillips, Vogue, "Green River Project LLC Debuts Elegant, Lounge-Ready Furniture Alongside Bode’s Menswear," 11 July 2018 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 One versatile accessory is the head scarf or turban, which can be tied into a wide variety of different shapes to completely cover or accent your hair. SELF, "7 Ways to Look Flawless While Transitioning to Natural Hair," 30 Dec. 2018 Lall’s black turban featured the ceremonial cap star that matches the one on the bearskin hats worn by the other approximately 1,000 Guardsmen who participate in the Trooping. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "One of the Queen's Guardsmen Wore a Turban During Trooping the Colour for the First Time Ever," 9 June 2018 The government says that it is not aimed at any religions and does not ban headscarves, turbans or the traditional Jewish skull cap. Fox News, "Denmark joins some European nations in banning burqa, niqab," 1 June 2018

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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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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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