Definition of djellaba in English:


Syllabification: djel·la·ba
Pronunciation: /jəˈläbə
(also djellabah or jellaba)


A loose hooded cloak, typically woolen, of a kind traditionally worn by Arabs.
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  • In cold weather, many men cover their jellabas with a hooded cloak called a burnus.
  • Clearly amused, a young lad peered at me through the hood of his woollen djellaba.
  • The door opened and five women filed in, as if in a play, all dressed identically: grey jellabas, white scarves concealing hair and foreheads, gloves, pale faces devoid of all makeup.


early 19th century: from Moroccan Arabic jellāba, jellābiyya.

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