One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tall conical cap worn by a dervish.
- ‘All these classes have distinguishing costumes, the Buddhist with his yellow robe; the Hindu sanyasi or viragi smeared in ashes, and with ochre-dyed clothes; and the Mahomedan fakir may have a loin-cloth and taj or crown.’
- ‘Then he wears one of those tight-fitting stocking hats, which is a mix of the Muslim taj, the Jewish yarmulka and black unemployed headgear.’
2historical A crown worn by an Indian prince of high rank.
crown, coronet, tiara, circlet, chaplet, headpiece, headband, fillet, wreath, garlandView synonyms
- ‘Thus clad, the Arab completes his armour by putting on his head an iron cap (taj), which is but rarely adorned with feathers.’
Mid 19th century: from Persian tāj ‘crown’.
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