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turban

[tur-buh n] /ˈtɜr bən/
noun
1.
a man's headdress worn chiefly by Muslims in southern Asia, consisting of a long cloth of silk, linen, cotton, etc., wound either about a cap or directly around the head.
2.
any headdress resembling this.
3.
any of various off-the-face hats for women that are close-fitting, of a soft fabric, and brimless, or that have a narrow, sometimes draped, brim.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; earlier torbant, variant of tulbant < Turkish tülbent < Persian dulband
Related forms
turbaned, adjective
turbanless, adjective
turbanlike, adjective
unturbaned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for turban

turban

/ˈtɜːbən/
noun
1.
a man's headdress, worn esp by Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs, made by swathing a length of linen, silk, etc, around the head or around a caplike base
2.
a woman's brimless hat resembling this
3.
any headdress resembling this
Derived Forms
turbaned, adjective
turban-like, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Turkish tülbend, from Persian dulband
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Word Origin and History for turban
n.

1560s, from Middle French turbant, from Italian turbante (Old Italian tolipante), from Turkish tülbent "gauze, muslin, tulle," from Persian dulband "turban." The change of -l- to -r- may have taken place in Portuguese India and thence been picked up in other European languages. A men's headdress in Muslim lands, it was popular in Europe and America c.1776-1800 as a ladies' fashion.

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Encyclopedia Article for turban

a headdress, of obscure Oriental origin, consisting of a long scarf wound round the head or an inner hat.

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