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also tar·bush  (tär-bo͞osh′)
See fez.

[Modern colloquial Arabic ṭarbūš, perhaps from Spanish traposo, ragged, or trapucho, old rag, worthless item of clothing (perhaps used as a slang term for the tarboosh, the typical male headwear of the Maghreb, by Moriscos who settled in the Maghreb after their expulsion from Spain in the 1600s) , from trapo, rag, from Late Latin drappus, cloth, perhaps of Gaulish origin.]


(tɑːˈbuːʃ) ,




(Clothing & Fashion) a felt or cloth brimless cap resembling the fez, usually red and often with a silk tassel, worn alone or as part of a turban by Muslim men
[C18: from Arabic tarbūsh]


or tar•bush


a tasseled felt or cloth hat resembling a fez, worn by Muslim men.
[1695–1705; < Arabic ṭarbūsh < Ottoman Turkish terposh, probably < Persian sarposh headdress (sar head + pūsh covering), by association with Turkish ter sweat]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tarboosh - a felt cap (usually red) for a mantarboosh - a felt cap (usually red) for a man; shaped like a flat-topped cone with a tassel that hangs from the crown
cap - a tight-fitting headdress
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Just before he was due Athelny routed out an Egyptian tarboosh and insisted on putting it on.
Philip thought it was a severe ordeal that the young man was being exposed to, since Athelny, in his brown velvet jacket, flowing black tie, and red tarboosh, was a startling spectacle for an innocent electrical engineer.
A Turkish officer with an immense plume of feathers (the Janizaries were supposed to be still in existence, and the tarboosh had not as yet displaced the ancient and majestic head-dress of the true believers) was seen couched on a divan, and making believe to puff at a narghile, in which, however, for the sake of the ladies, only a fragrant pastille was allowed to smoke.
The Western sense of dress is more apparent in the changing styles of men, who relinquished the traditional jilbab and tarboosh for pants and shirts.
In the shade of a stone shelter, a barefoot man in a cerulean turban met a shodden man in a citrine tarboosh.
Abdel-Malek Hamza Bek, Egyptian ambassador to Ankara in the 1930s, was forced to remove his tarboosh during an official reception held on the ninth anniversary of the Turkish Republic, which was attended by AtatE-rk.
Taking part in it were children born and brought up in Cardiff, wearing the gorgeous raiments brought from the East by their fathers and topped by all manner of head-dress, from a turban to a tarboosh.
Anisa Tarboosh is one of the most prominent women in Aden governorate, renowned for playing a vital role in the fight against poverty and supporting deprived women in her city.
For example, the palace of Muhammad Ali, at Ras el Tin, which, frankly, resembles nothing more than a derelict factory was part of it all and allows you to make a contrast with a superb society photograph of the upmarket Alexandria Flower Show which was taken in the 1930s with men in suits wearing the tarboosh and women in French couture.
Dubai: FM Ulvi Bajarani of Azerbaijan, the top seed, FM Ward Al Tarboosh of Syria, and WFM Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia shared the lead with four points after the fourth round of Dubai Junior Open Chess Championship held at Dubai Chess and Culture Club.
Known in Egypt as the tarboosh (from the Persion 'sar' meaning 'head' and 'poosh' meaning 'cover') the reddish-burgundy hat was worn by all male government officials from the king to his civil servants.
A candle shaped as an old tarboosh with golden tassel is on sale, as is a set of Turkish coffee cups labeled ziyada, sada and mazboot, referencing how one takes their coffee in Egypt: with extra sugar, plain or just right with one sugar, respectively.