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
turbannedplay \-bənd\ adjective
Recent Examples of turban from the Web
In the clip, we were briefly introduced to an older man with a long beard, wearing a purple turban and matching robe.
In a corner of the kitchen, an Indian chair and a table from Privet House; the walls are hung with Dutch plates purchased in Sri Lanka and turbans that Robshaw had made in India as gifts for friends.
At a primary school, the insurgents divided them into three groups and distributed turbans and guns.
Anti-Islam hate crimes have been elevated in the U.S. since 9/11, and in 2012 a man killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and it was speculated the shooter had confused the turban-wearing adherents for Muslims.
Three beautiful, sozzled men with flowers in their turbans walked with us for about half an hour, before our paths diverged.
Spacey then immediately donned a dress and turban, a la Glenn Close's Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.
Satoumi An is a tidy and humble ama hut where divers grill all manner of seafood—barracuda, Ise-ebi, scallops, squid, turban snails, and uni—over a fire pit.
While it is widely known that Sikh men wear colorful turbans and don’t cut their hair, Sikhs often are mistaken for Muslims, said Amarjit Singh Sandhu, 58.
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Origin and Etymology of turban
Middle French turbant, from Italian turbante, from Turkish tülbent, from Persian dulband
First Known Use: 1588See Words from the same year
TURBAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of turban for English Language Learners
: 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
TURBAN Defined for Kids
Definition of turban for Students
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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