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kasbah Line breaks: kas¦bah
Pronunciation: /ˈkazbɑː/
(also casbah)

Definition of kasbah in English:


1The citadel of a North African city: a town dominated by its ancient kasbah
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  • As we travel, we'll be surrounded by signature images of the mystical Sahara: ancient kasbahs, palm-lined oases, haunting music, and delectable cuisine.
  • Southern Morocco is famous for its kasbahs, large fortified homes made from pise or sun-dried mud-bricks.
  • Still musing about his travels, he turned to me, ‘The most memorable tour that I ever took was to explore the kasbahs of southern Morocco.
1.1 (the kasbah) The area surrounding a North African citadel: he took me to a flat in the kasbah
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  • Many old inhabitants of the kasbah still remember watching their neighbours dragged out and beheaded on the whim of a French general.
  • 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 ‘.’
  • The bartering which still takes place in many eastern kasbahs is a form of marketing.


Mid 18th century: from French casbah, from Arabic qaṣaba 'citadel'.

Words that rhyme with kasbah

Akbar • handlebar • sandbar

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