Definition of casbah in English:

casbah

(also kasbah)

noun

  • 1The citadel of a North African city.

    • ‘The Casbah, citadel, has always been the. beating heart of Algiers, capital of Algeria.’
    1. 1.1the casbah The area surrounding a North African citadel, typically in the old part of a city.
      • ‘What kind of response did you get locally when you filmed in the casbah in Algiers?’
      • ‘Earth Day events happen everywhere: in casbahs, capitals, villages, schools and temples.’
      • ‘The center of old cities is the casbah (Arabic for fortress), a market of serpentine alleyways and intricate arches where a variety of traditional crafts are sold, from carpets to baskets to pottery.’
      • ‘The casbah is surrounded by newer, European-style buildings.’
      • ‘The Algerian casbah provides a wonderful, tight, claustrophobic setting, its steep, narrow streets allowing Pontecorvo both sweeping crowd scenes and stark close-ups for his handheld camera.’
      • ‘This was a beautiful part of the old city, with catacombs and twisted alleyways, a casbah of the eastern Mediterranean.’
      • ‘He notes, for instance, ‘In all the cities of the Maghreb, the casbahs are the indigenous strongholds, centers of tacit and at times active resistance to the European colonial presence ‘.’’

Origin

Mid 18th century: French, from Arabic ḳaṣaba citadel.

Pronunciation:

casbah

/ˈkazˌbä/