from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A traditionally Muslim headdress consisting of a long scarf of linen, cotton, or silk that is wound around a small cap or directly around the head.
  • n. A woman's close-fitting hat that consists of material wound around a small inner cap.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Man's headdress made by winding a length of cloth round the head.
  • n. Woman's close-fitting hat with little or no brim.
  • n. The whole set of whorls of a spiral shell.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A headdress worn by men in the Levant and by many Muslims 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.
  • n. A kind of headdress worn by women.
  • n. The whole set of whorls of a spiral shell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The distinctive head-dress of men of the Moslem nations, consisting of a scarf or shawl wound around the tarboosh.
  • n. A modification of the Oriental turban, worn by women in Europe and America during the first half of the nineteenth century.
  • n. A head-dress consisting of a bright-colored handkerchief or square of cotton, worn by negro women in the West Indies and the southern United States.
  • n. During the latter half of the nineteenth century, a hat consisting of a crown either without a brim or with a brim turned up close alongside the crown, worn by women and children.
  • n. In heraldry, a high rounded cap, supposed to be the official head-dress of the Sultan of Turkey: it is usually represented with plumes attached to its sides, with jeweled clasps, and the like. Also called Turkish crown.
  • n. In conchology, the spire of a univalve shell. See spire, 2, and univalve (with cuts)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small round woman's hat
  • n. a traditional Muslim headdress consisting of a long scarf wrapped around the head


French turbant, from Italian turbante, from Ottoman Turkish tülbend, muslin, gauze, turban; see tulip.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French turbant, from Italian turbante, from Turkish tülbent, from Persian دلبند (dolband), also the root of tulip. (Wiktionary)


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  • yep. good stuff!

    August 5, 2009

  • I'm guessing that this is a tulip, on madmouth's list.

    August 5, 2009

  • This makes my neck hurt.

    April 30, 2009