Definition of taj in US English:



  • 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.’
    1. 1.1historical A crown worn by an Indian prince of high rank.
      • ‘Thus clad, the Arab completes his armour by putting on his head an iron cap (taj), which is but rarely adorned with feathers.’
      crown, coronet, tiara, circlet, chaplet, headpiece, headband, fillet, wreath, garland
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Mid 19th century: from Persian tāj ‘crown’.