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 The video began with an old man in a white turban telling his interviewer, Nasir Dhillon, that his infant brother went with his mother to Phulwal village in 1947, never to be heard from again. Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2022 News footage showed him dressed in a brown turban and robe, with glasses and a beard, calmly signing his name on documents at the guidance of election officials. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2021 In her bathroom at home in Los Angeles, looking sick and exhausted but still old-Hollywood glamorous in a turban and a leopard-print dress, Blair begins to put on lipstick the color of a black cherry. Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2021 This turban comfortably fits those with short hair and/or experiencing hair loss due to Alopecia or Chemotherapy. Essence, 20 Sep. 2021 Federal New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh, a Sikh who wears a turban, has also expressed opposition to the law. Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2021 To attack another person’s faith — to strike at my turban — is completely unacceptable. Mj Slaby, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Feb. 2022 Governor Sarhadi, a spare-looking man with a gray beard, wore a black turban and a short umber shawl, called a patou. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 The 49-year old, who earned a PhD at the London School of Economics, wore a traditional Libyan robe, turban and spectacles. Samy Magdy, ajc, 14 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Turban.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turban. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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