Definition of babouche in English:



  • A heelless slipper, typically in oriental style.

    • ‘Moreover, his effort to depict her dress accurately, including the positioning of her babouches neatly lined up next to her as she kneels, shows his emphasis on her ‘civilization,’.’
    • ‘Moroccans have worn the comfy slippers for millennia, but the trio updated babouches for western consumers by the simple trick of adding a small heel.’
    • ‘A huge choice of babouches and traditional clothes is here.’
    • ‘On a final foray for djellabas and babouches, we head for the government-run, fixed-price arts and crafts stores.’
    • ‘There are displays of grinders for argan oil, pots, daggers and ceremonial babouches or slippers.’
    • ‘All babouches are handmade and come with padded leather insoles, drawstrings for a snug fit and sequined stars at the tips.’
    • ‘Bathrooms are equipped with excellent quality bathrobes and babouches (slippers).’
    • ‘Buy hand-stitched babouches from the souks in the Medina, or cutting-edge fashion and pottery design from Guéliz and Sidi Ghanem.’
    • ‘It is decked out in camel-boned ice buckets, babouche slippers, sequin-edged curtains and artworks by Bridget Riley.’
    • ‘For small items - babouche shoes, bronze, leatherware, bowls or small items of marquetry for instance - it is fine to set out on you own.’
    • ‘Most of the goods are set price - I paid 175 dh for my hand crafted calf skin babouches.’
    • ‘Pointy-toed leather babouches originally came from Fez (where yellow and white slippers are still made for the royal household); more round-toed ones are Marrakech-style.’
    • ‘Shoes Around the World is a book about the many different types of shoes found around the world, including babouches from Morocco, klompen from Holland, lotus shoes from China, Saami reindeer boots from Lapland, and sandals from Africa.’
    • ‘The two adoul had lifted their legs up to sit down in an easy pose, the yellow babouches on the floor, pair next to pair, neatly lined up.’


Late 17th century: from French, from Arabic bābūj, Persian pāpūš, literally ‘foot covering’.