A brimless cap of cloth or felt shaped like a truncated cone, worn by Muslim men, sometimes as the inner part of a turban.
Origin of tarboosh
- Modern colloquial Arabic ṭarbūš perhaps from Spanish traposo ragged or trapucho old rag, worthless item of clothing (perhaps used as a slang term for the tarboosh, the typical male headwear of the Maghreb, by Moriscos who settled in the Maghreb after their expulsion from Spain in the 1600s) from trapo rag from Late Latin drappus cloth perhaps of Gaulish origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Arabic طربوس (ʈarbūsh).