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 The ex-president appeared in the defendant's cage wearing a traditional white robe and turban. NBC News, "Ex-Sudan strongman al-Bashir gets 2 years for corruption," 14 Dec. 2019 From beautiful buns to tall turbans, the options are plenty. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "5 Easy Head Wrap Tutorials To Try Before Your Next Zoom Meeting," 13 Apr. 2020 Singh, dressed in a fawn kurta, bright blue turban, and a kirpan (a traditional sword) slung across his chest, said softly. Amanat Khullar, Quartz India, "Religious zeal shattered Delhi’s lives and dreams. Religious zeal is now picking up the pieces, too," 28 Feb. 2020 The youngster is also known for wearing turbans quite often, as mom Khloé frequently documents her daughter wearing them in almost every color to match her stylish outfits. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Kourtney Kardashian Wears Leopard Print Bikini and Matching Turban — Just Like Niece True!," 10 Aug. 2019 Last June, Airman 1st Class Harpreetinder Singh Bajwa became the first active duty airman to receive religious accommodation allowing him to serve with the Sikh turban and beard -- a process that took nearly six months. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Air Force updates its dress code policy to include turbans, beards and hijabs," 13 Feb. 2020 The Aquis turban, which comes in five different colors, is just $30. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Kourtney Kardashian Swears By the Aquis Hair Turban for Stronger, Shinier Locks," 13 Dec. 2019 In 2015, Dhaliwal became the first Texan approved to wear the Sikh religion’s traditional turban and a beard while on duty, according to the Associated Press. Time, "'Trailblazer' Deputy, First in Texas to Wear Sikh Articles of Faith on Duty, Killed During a Traffic Stop," 28 Sep. 2019 The movie and book's big twist surrounded around Professor Quirrell's big reveal showing that Voldemort's face was in the back of Quirrell's head the entire time and was hidden under his turban. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Daniel Radcliffe Just Answered a Big Fan Question About Voldemort and Quirrell," 9 Mar. 2020

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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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30 May 2020

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“Turban.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turban. Accessed 6 Jun. 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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