One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A man's cap similar to a fez, typically of red felt with a tassel at the top.
- ‘A dying craft, tarbooshes never seem to be anywhere except on the heads of tourists or in souvenir shops.’
- ‘Just like the flag, the tarboosh was a national emblem.’
- ‘Whilst you're about it, perhaps you could suggest the name of a local emporium in which a fellow might purchase a tarboosh?’
- ‘It may come as a surprise to some that the most prized tarbooshes were those imported from Austria.’
- ‘The room was full of Egyptians, sitting drinking black coffee with the red tarbooshes on their heads.’
Early 18th century: from Egyptian Arabic ṭarbūš, based on Persian sarpūš, from sar ‘head’ + pūš ‘cover’.
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