Definition of turban in English:



  • 1A man's headdress, consisting of a long length of cotton or silk wound around a cap or the head, worn especially by Muslims and Sikhs.

    • ‘Gone are cotton loincloths and turbans in favor of microfiber stretch workout togs that wick perspiration away from the body.’
    • ‘Shan men and women often wear large turbans wrapped from long lengths of cotton or bright terrycloth towels.’
    • ‘It is difficult for us to see any reason why a Jew may not wear his yarmulke in court or a Sikh his turban.’
    • ‘Many Arabs wear traditional Muslim dress, which for men is a turban or other headdress and long robes, and for women is a long robe that covers the head and the entire body.’
    • ‘He put the robe over his plaid shirt and jeans, wrapped the turban up, and pulled the fluttering silk scarf over his brown beard.’
    • ‘The different Sufi orders were characterized by the style of their turbans and the folds of their gowns.’
    • ‘Local men wore turbans, and shalwar kameez with wool vests or sweaters.’
    • ‘Brightly coloured saris on graceful Indian women and striking turbans on erect Sikhs are not unfamiliar sights in our metropolitan areas or small college towns.’
    1. 1.1A woman's hat designed to resemble a turban.
  • 2A marine mollusk with a sculptured spiral shell and a distinctive operculum which is smooth on the inside and sculptured and typically patterned on the outside.

    • ‘In 1954, Yawata and 10 other fishermen in Kumi went to the islands on board a ship surrounded by five Japanese patrol boats, landed on the islands, and caught turban and ear shells.’
    • ‘Organ pipe coral is removed for its medicinal value, while the top shell and turban shell go to make buttons.’


Mid 16th century: via French from Turkish tülbent, from Persian dulband. Compare with tulip.