Definition of casbah in English:



(also kasbah)
  • 1The citadel of a North African city.

    ‘a town dominated by its ancient casbah’
    • ‘The Casbah, citadel, has always been the. beating heart of Algiers, capital of Algeria.’
    1. 1.1the casbahThe area surrounding a North African citadel, typically in the old part of a city.
      ‘he took me to a flat in the casbah’
      • ‘The casbah is surrounded by newer, European-style buildings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 ‘.’’
      • ‘What kind of response did you get locally when you filmed in the casbah in Algiers?’
      • ‘This was a beautiful part of the old city, with catacombs and twisted alleyways, a casbah of the eastern Mediterranean.’
      • ‘Earth Day events happen everywhere: in casbahs, capitals, villages, schools and temples.’
      • ‘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.’



/ˈkäzbä/ /ˈkɑzbɑ/


Mid 18th century from French casbah, from Arabic qaṣaba ‘citadel’.