• WordNet 3.6
    • n tarboosh a felt cap (usually red) for a man; shaped like a flat-topped cone with a tassel that hangs from the crown
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tarboosh A red cap worn by Turks and other Eastern nations, sometimes alone and sometimes swathed with linen or other stuff to make a turban. See Fez.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tarboosh A cap of cloth or felt, nearly always red, and having a tassel, usually of dark-blue silk, at the crown. It is worn by the men of all Moslem nations (except the desert tribes). It differs slightly in shape in Turkey (see fez) and in Egypt, the Barbary States, etc. It forms the inner part of the turban.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tarboosh tär-boosh′ a red cap with dark tassel worn by Moslem men.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. tarbsh,; perhaps from Per. sar-posh, headdress: cf. F. tarbouch,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ar. tarbūsh.


In literature:

He wears a faded tarbooshe, a loose gown, sleeveless, unbelted, and dropping from the neck to the knee.
"Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" by Lew Wallace
Above the spot where the two had sunk floated the red tarboosh of the Mudir of the Fayoum.
"Donovan Pasha And Some People Of Egypt, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Harry himself was dressed in a linen suit of European cut, with a tarboosh or red cap on his head, with a turban twisted round it.
"For Fortune and Glory" by Lewis Hough
The man who came in was naked, save for a tarboosh on his head and a loin-cloth about his middle.
"The Keepers of the King's Peace" by Edgar Wallace
His colorful costume had given way to European clothes, except for a tarboosh.
"The Egyptian Cat Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The scarlet tarboosh on that gentleman's head leaned the Englishman's fancy to a harem.
"Command" by William McFee
The predominence of the tarboosh in the streets added to the brightness of the scene.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VII (of VIII)" by Various
There were English, Russians, men from South America, and three Orientals in tarbooshes.
"Sentimental Education Vol 1" by Gustave Flaubert
His headdress was a scarlet, close-fitting cap, not unlike the Egyptian "tarboosh".
"The Wireless Officer" by Percy F. Westerman
The enemy soon appeared, rather grubby, in a tarboosh and a scrubby European overcoat.
"Through the Land of the Serb" by Mary Edith Durham