- 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 hat that resembles a turban, especially a brimless, close-fitting cap of draped fabric.
Origin of turbanFrench from Ottoman Turkish tülbend piece of muslin cloth used as a head covering or headscarf variant of earlier dülbend from Persian dōlband wrapping cloth for a turban from dōl bucket ( probably in reference to the tall cap around which a turban was wound and of Arabic origin) ( akin to Syriac dawlā ) (Akkadian dalû bucket ) band band of cloth, puttee ; see bund1.