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

Examples of turban in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But then a waiter rolled over a bodiless, turban-wearing head inside a glass box that resembled Zoltar from the movie Big—minus the goatee and torso. Sara Lieberman, Fortune, "Can’t choose a cocktail? Let the divine decide at this Victorian-era London hotel," 12 Feb. 2020 Singh and his son wore turbans on their heads, which identified them as Sikhs, a religious minority in India. Daniel Gonzalez, azcentral, "Growing numbers of families crossing the border are coming from India and other continents," 19 Nov. 2019 Singh followed up the statement up with a video about the cultural history of turbans. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "A Little Late host Lilly Singh apologizes for turban joke during Jessica Alba interview," 27 Sep. 2019 Gill, who is a practicing Sikh, wears a turban that is clearly visible, officials said. Fox News, "California deputy lucky to be alive after bodycam blocks bullet during ‘ambush’ attack, investigators say," 5 Feb. 2020 The former strongman appeared in the defendant's cage on Saturday wearing a traditional white robe and turban. Arkansas Online, "Ex-Sudan strongman al-Bashir gets 2 years for corruption," 14 Dec. 2019 The former strongman appeared in the defendant’s cage on Saturday wearing a traditional white robe and turban. SFChronicle.com, "Ex-Sudan strongman sentenced to 2 years for corruption," 14 Dec. 2019 Why does the president of the United States, the leader of the free world, the standard-bearer for freedom’s Last Best Hope, feel the need to retweet a doctored photo of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi in turban and burqa? Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's TML: Baseball loves its cheaters. Well, most of them. You know where this is going.," 14 Jan. 2020 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

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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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22 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Turban.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turban. Accessed 27 Feb. 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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