Definition of tarboosh in English:


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Pronunciation: /tɑːˈbuːʃ


  • A man’s cap similar to a fez, typically of red felt with a tassel at the top.
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    • It may come as a surprise to some that the most prized tarbooshes were those imported from Austria.
    • The room was full of Egyptians, sitting drinking black coffee with the red tarbooshes on their heads.
    • A dying craft, tarbooshes never seem to be anywhere except on the heads of tourists or in souvenir shops.


early 18th century: from Egyptian Arabic ṭarbūš, based on Persian sarpūš, from sar 'head' + pūš 'cover'.

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