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 turbanned (audio) \ adjective

Examples of turban in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Bloc owes some of its electoral success to the collapse in support in Quebec for the NDP, whose leader, Mr Singh, is Sikh and wears a turban. The Economist, "The chastening of Justin Trudeau," 24 Oct. 2019 There was a young man who wore a turban and a soft bushy beard. Celeste Ng, Bon Appétit, "The Strangers at Our Thanksgiving Table," 23 Oct. 2019 The man accused of gunning down a Texas deputy who was celebrated when he was permitted to grow a beard and wear a turban on the job to observe his Sikh faith will likely face the death penalty, a judge said Monday. NBC News, "Convict accused of killing Sikh Texas deputy will likely face death penalty, judge says," 30 Sep. 2019 Dhaliwal was Harris County's first Sikh deputy and garnered national attention for winning approval in 2015 to wear his turban and beard on duty. Dylan Mcguinness, Houston Chronicle, "'He would not want us to give in to the darkness': Memorial honors slain deputy," 2 Oct. 2019 The child who had their turban ripped off their head. Anna Purna Kambhampaty, Time, "Justin Trudeau Admits to Also Wearing Blackface 'Makeup' in High School Following TIME Report," 19 Sep. 2019 More notable shots to save in your collections include a picture by model Imaan Hammam, who stunned in a black turban. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Zoë Kravitz Eats Fast Food in Saint Laurent, Cara Delevingne Really Likes Dior," 3 Mar. 2018 Bill 21, a law enacted this year, bans Quebec’s civil servants from wearing religious symbols, including Sikh turbans, Jewish skullcaps or kippahs, and Muslim headscarves or hijabs. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Manitoba had a cheeky response to Quebec’s ban on religious symbols," 29 Nov. 2019 There are more than 500,000 Sikhs in the U.S. Male followers often cover their heads with turbans, which are considered sacred, and refrain from shaving their beards. Corey Williams And Tammy Webber, chicagotribune.com, "Houston area’s first Sikh cop, who wore turban on patrol, is killed in shooting: ‘Everyone who knew him admired him greatly’," 28 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of turban was in 1588

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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Turban.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turban. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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