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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A requirement imposed by regulations shall not apply to any follower of the Sikh religion while he is wearing a turban.
▪ He was dressed in a scrupulously clean but threadbare dhoti and he wore a pale blue turban which exactly matched his eyes.
▪ Some schools refuse to allow Sikh boys to wear turbans, or girls to cover their legs.
▪ She wore a sunbleached purple turban and presented fingernails long enough to make the spine shiver in sympathetic sensitivity.
▪ He complained of the cold and started to wear a thick cotton turban instead of his usual.
▪ A few shepherds whom you could mistake for stones had they not been topped by turbans sat motionless under the sun.
▪ A middle-aged woman, wearing what looked like a turban, was looking out at the night.
▪ Battery-powered lights danced around his gold brocade turban and his feet were pressed into gold-trimmed shoes with backward curling points.
▪ The Arab Abul Ismail, erect and gaunt and impassive in turban and robes.
▪ The Fatimids gave their princely fabrics the color of light; their robes and turbans were white and gold.
▪ The prince's head was cleaned, wrapped in a turban and presented to Aurangzeb on a golden dish.
▪ There was a young Sikh in a red turban, wearing a blue quilted jacket despite the heat.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Turban \Tur"ban\, n. [OE. turband, turbant, tolibant, F. turban, It. turbante, Turk. tulbend, dulbend, fr. Per. dulband. Cf. Tulip.]

  1. A headdress worn by men in the Levant and by most Mohammedans of the male sex, consisting of a cap, and a sash, scarf, or shawl, usually of cotton or linen, wound about the cap, and sometimes hanging down the neck.

  2. A kind of headdress worn by women.

  3. (Zo["o]l.) The whole set of whorls of a spiral shell.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1560s, from Middle French turbant (15c.), 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. Related: Turbaned.


n. Man's headdress made by winding a length of cloth round the head.

  1. n. a traditional Muslim headdress consisting of a long scarf wrapped around the head

  2. a small round woman's hat [syn: pillbox, toque]


A turban (from Persian دولبند‌, dulband; via Middle French turbant) is a type of headwear based on cloth winding. Featuring many variations, it is worn as customary headwear primarily by men. Communities with prominent turban-wearing traditions can be found in the Indian Subcontinent, Afghanistan, South Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Middle East, the Near East, Central Asia, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, and parts of the Swahili Coast.

Wearing turbans is common among Sikhs, including women, who refer to it as a Dastar. In certain other faith communities, the headgear also serves as a religious observance, including among Shia Muslims, who regard turban-wearing as Sunnah Mu'akkadah (confirmed tradition). Greeks, in ancient times, wore a distinctive style of turbans.

Additionally, turbans have often been worn by nobility, regardless of religious background. They are also sometimes donned to protect hair or as a headwrap for women following cancer treatments.

Usage examples of "turban".

But strangely crowning this ebonness was a glistening white plaited turban, the living hair braided and coiled round and round upon his head.

The turbanned dacoit tried to follow her, but Jenny sent some message to the airline personnel that caused them to drag the dacoit out of the boarding area.

Mary Jane pulled the turban off her head and shook out a massive amount of black hair, combing it with her fingers to detangle the waist length mane.

Bagrees killed the jewel merchant, that time the Sahib saved Bootea, he stole it from the other decoits, hiding it in his turban, because the Dewan wanted it.

He wore a turban of yellow, and the heavily embroidered dolman of an Islamic grandee over baggy white breeches and soft knee-high boots, but his pale face stood out like a mirror among the dark-bearded men around him.

I looked, it was a toss-up between Chicken Duxelles with Sauce Supreme and Turban of Chicken with Watercress Sauce.

The day after our arrival, I took a janissary to accompany me to Osman Pacha, of Caramania, the name assumed by Count de Bonneval ever since he had adopted the turban.

I kept from laughing at how his jowels quivered in his soft face beneath the splendid turban, kneeling to kiss the turned-up toes of his kidskin slippers.

Inside it stood a slimmer, younger Sikh in beautifully laundered salwaartrousers and long, frock-like kameez,who bowed his snug sky-blue turban in greeting.

The men were clothed in thick, fur-lined cloaks, which they took off and, folding them neatly, laid upon the floor, standing revealed in robes of a beautiful whiteness and in large plain turbans, also white.

And it was lengthening, falling, some-how growing before his eyes, down over her shoulders in a spilling cascade, a mass that even at the beginning could never have been hidden under the skull-tight turban she had worn.

His head was covered in a turban that once may have looked fine but now looked only faded and lice ridden.

At the hour of prayer, he repaired to the mosch of Medina, clothed in a thin cotton gown, a coarse turban on his head, his slippers in one hand, and his bow in the other, instead of a walking-staff.

Long fringed waistcoat, baggy white trousers and shirt, pagri twisted into a turban, embroidered slippers, curved knife thrust through a belt.

This helped explain the peevishness, for the former reclined in the shade of a roof while the latter was protected only by a turban.