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 (kăz′bä′, käz′-)
Variant of Casbah.


(ˈkæzbɑː) or


n (sometimes capital)
1. (Architecture) the citadel of any of various North African cities
2. the quarter in which a kasbah is located. Compare medina
[from Arabic qaṣba citadel]


or Cas•bah

(ˈkæz bɑ, ˈkɑz-)

the older, native Arab quarter of a North African city, esp. Algiers.
[< Arabic qaṣabah citadel]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kasbah - an older or native quarter of many cities in northern Africa; the quarter in which the citadel is located
quarter - a district of a city having some distinguishing character; "the Latin Quarter"


[ˈkæzbɑː] Ncasba(h) f


[ˈkæzbɑː] ncasba
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Les grands projets de restauration et de reamenagement concernent egalement les Kasbahs comme la [beaucoup moins que]Kasbah de Mehdia[beaucoup plus grand que] a Kenitra, [beaucoup moins que]Kasbah Boulaouane[beaucoup plus grand que] dans la province d'El Jadida et plusieurs Kasbahs dans le sud , outre [beaucoup moins que]Qasr el Bahr[beaucoup plus grand que] aux environs de Safi, a note M.
But with the succession to the throne of King Mohammed VI, the cultural and historical value of the kasbahs has at last been recognised.
Most kasbahs were built as fortified houses, designed to protect farmers or merchants and their families from attack by neighbouring tribes.