turban

noun
tur·ban | \ˈtər-bən \

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

Illustration of turban

Illustration of turban

turban 1

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from turban

turbaned or turbanned \ˈtər-bənd \ adjective

Examples of turban in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

But compared with the turbans, kimonos, fishnet masks, leather harnesses and bouffant wigs he's paraded on red carpets, today's threads are subdued. Amy Nicholson, chicagotribune.com, "Is Hollywood ready for the brilliant weirdness of Lakeith Stanfield?," 3 July 2018 The turbans, Cooper said, obscured the faces of many those who traded blows. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Prosecutor: Witnesses to Sikh temple brawl are not cooperating," 27 Apr. 2018 The government says that it is not aimed at any religions and does not ban headscarves, turbans or the traditional Jewish skull cap. Washington Post, "Denmark joins some European nations in banning burqa, niqab," 2 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 The government says that it is not aimed at any religions and does not ban headscarves, turbans or the traditional Jewish skull cap. Jan M. Olsen, chicagotribune.com, "Denmark joins some European nations in banning burqa, niqab," 31 May 2018 Close-ups of French friends jostle alongside wide-screen landscapes; little notes and arrows carry us along Thompson’s stream-of-consciousness; there’s a page on how to wind a turban, complete with steps. New York Times, "A Youthful, Lovesick Journey Revealed in a Sketchbook," 6 July 2018 Dressed in white robes and a turban, Novel Bamukmin of the Jakarta chapter of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), a hardline Islamist group, addresses evening prayers in a mosque. The Christian Science Monitor, "Indonesian elections hint at rise of political Islam in the secular country," 26 June 2018 No headscarf, no turban, just a handsome blonde coif. Nojan Aminosharei, Marie Claire, "Aubrey Plaza Was Never April Ludgate," 13 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'turban.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about turban

Statistics for turban

Last Updated

20 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for turban

The first known use of turban was in 1588

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for turban

turban

noun

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

turban

noun
tur·ban | \ˈtər-bən \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on turban

What made you want to look up turban? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a generally accepted meaning of a word

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!