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  • n. An Arab brimless cap with a tassel and straight sides.


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  • Certain officers on the march used, however, to wear the _fez_, or, as the Arabs called it, the _chechia_.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 22, August, 1859

  • He lies in his bed in European fashion, and even makes a charming picture with his peaceful black face between the white sheets and the red chechia.

    The Diary of a French Army Chaplain

  • She wished half unconsciously that Stephen Knight could see her, with hair looped in two great shining braids on either side her face, under the sequined chechia of sapphire velvet; and then she was ashamed of her own vanity.

    The Golden Silence

  • His dress was that of a miniature man; a white silk burnous, embroidered with gold, over a pale blue vest, stitched in many colours; a splendid red cloak, whose embroidery of stiff gold stood out like a bas-relief; a turban and chechia of thin white muslin; and red-legged boots finer than those of the Spahis.

    The Golden Silence

  • He wore full uniform, was fully equipped, crimson chechia, snowy gaiters, and terrible sabre-bayonet.

    The Maids of Paradise

  • In due course he got through the distemper without accident, but for fear of chills he continued to wear the chechia and monk's dress in the house some time after his recovery, and he was so discovered by Mr. and Mrs. Mark Pattison when they paid us an unexpected visit.

    Philip Gilbert Hamerton

  • However, he would not take to his bed, but remained in his study with a good fire at night, sleeping upon an ottoman or in an arm-chair, wrapped up in his monk's dress, and the head covered with an Algerian chechia.

    Philip Gilbert Hamerton

  • It is the chechia, the heroic chechia, now reduced to the vulgar status of a night-cap, and jammed down to the ears of a pallid and convulsing invalid.

    Tartarin De Tarascon

  • The camel pitched and rolled like a frigate in a rough sea and the chechia responded to the motion as it had on the Zouave.

    Tartarin De Tarascon

  • The arrival of Tartarin, haggard, thin, covered in dust, with blazing eyes and bristling chechia cut short this enjoyable Turco-Marseillaise orgy.

    Tartarin De Tarascon


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  • Berber skullcap, also known as tashashit. A deeply cylindrical flat-topped cap made of felt, with a tuft or tassel attached. The French regiment of Zouaves, organized in 1830, adopted the red felt chechia.

    November 14, 2007