Casbah definition

kăzbä, käz-
(place, proper) The crowded quarter of Algiers, Algeria.
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The older section of a city in northern Africa or the Middle East.
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In N Africa, a fortress.
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The old, crowded quarter of a N African city.
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The fortress in a city in North Africa or the Middle East.
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(by synecdoche) The medina, the older part of a city in North Africa or the Middle East.
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A castle or palace in northern Africa.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
casbah
Plural:
casbahs

Origin of casbah

  • French from Arabic dialectal qaṭba from Arabic qaṭaba to cut up qṭb in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Arabic قصبة (kasabah)

    From Wiktionary