Definition of turban in English:



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

    • ‘It is difficult for us to see any reason why a Jew may not wear his yarmulke in court or a Sikh his turban.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Local men wore turbans, and shalwar kameez with wool vests or sweaters.’
    • ‘The different Sufi orders were characterized by the style of their turbans and the folds of their gowns.’
    • ‘He put the robe over his plaid shirt and jeans, wrapped the turban up, and pulled the fluttering silk scarf over his brown beard.’
    • ‘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.
      • ‘From then on, Chloe wore a green turban to hide her disfigurement.’
      • ‘Further down was an African couple, the woman resplendent in her colourful turban, the man dignified in his impeccable suit.’
      • ‘"Miss Hannah is here," she said, adjusting the old blue turban that she always wore on her head.’
      • ‘New dresses, striped dressing gowns, bangles, faux fur, jewelled turbans and Egyptian cotton pillow cases and sheets are among the in-demand items.’
      • ‘Massive ostrich feathers dyed in rainbow colours were perched atop pill boxes and turbans.’
      • ‘She left her daughters to find their own delights and sat down with Lady Lucas, observing that Mrs. Long's feathered turban was not at all the thing.’
  • 2

    (also turban shell)
    A marine mollusc with a sculptured spiral shell and a distinctive operculum which is smooth on the inside and sculptured and typically patterned on the outside.

    Family Turbinidae, class Gastropoda: Turbo and other genera

    ‘Organ pipe coral is removed for its medicinal value, while the top shell and turban shell go to make buttons.’
    ‘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.’


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