- any of various styles of headdress worn by men in the Middle East and S Asia, consisting of a length of cloth wound in folds about the head, often over a cap: the style of the turban often indicates the position or rank of the wearer
- any similar headdress; esp.,
- a scarf or bandanna wound around the head, worn by women
- a woman's hat with no brim or a very short brim turned up closely
Origin of turbanearlier turbant ; from Middle French ; from Italian turbante ; from Turkish tülbend, dialect, dialectal form of dülbend ; from Persian dulbänd, turban, sash
- A headdress consisting of a long piece of cloth wound around a small cap or directly around the head, traditionally worn in North Africa, the Near East, and Central and South Asia.
- A woman's close-fitting hat that consists of material wound around a small inner cap.
Origin of turbanFrench turbant, from Italian turbante, from Ottoman Turkish t&udie;lbend, muslin, gauze, turban; see tulip.