Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A man's felt cap in the shape of a flat-topped cone, usually red with a black tassel hanging from the crown, worn chiefly in the eastern Mediterranean region.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A felt hat in the shape of a truncated cone and having a flat top with a tassel attached.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A felt or cloth cap, usually red and having a tassel, -- a variety of the tarboosh. See tarboosh.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cap of red felt of the shape of a truncated cone, having a black silk tassel inserted in the middle of the top and hanging down nearly to the lower edge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a city in north central Morocco; religious center
  • n. a felt cap (usually red) for a man; shaped like a flat-topped cone with a tassel that hangs from the crown

Etymologies

French, from Turkish fes, from Fez .
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Turkish fes, named after Fez in Morocco. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Whereas wearing a fez is an affront to Turkish democracy which no sensitive and civilised traveller should consider.

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  • July 22, 2008 at 1:09 pm so awesome! there used to be a club near me called the fez, which has just been given a weird makeover and a new name. this picture must be posted all over the club!

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  • There was a sprinkling of monkish cowls and of the red fez from the Turkish village of Afdimou which lay in seeming friendliness of relation close to the village of

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  • The fez is a mark of lower social rank-the turban, higher.

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  • From Nazis to talking monkeys in fez’s, to atomic terrorists to Britain’s first super team, The Gloom has it all.

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  • The manufactures are principally woollen haiks, silk handkerchiefs, slippers and shoes of excellent leather, and red caps of felt, commonly called the fez; the first fabrication of these red caps appears to have been in this city.

    Travels in Morocco

  • He wore the customary white robe, red sash and red slippers, and a tarbush, the little scarlet cap commonly called a fez, was set upon his head.

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  • He was dressed like a fellah, with the long blue yelek, and a poor wool fez, and round the fez was a white cloth, as it were to protect his mouth from the night air, after the manner of the peasant.

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  • But we had seen pictures of officers waving swords, and we knew that the fez was the sign of the Turk -- of the enemy -- of the men who were invading Thessaly, who were at that moment planning to come up a steep hill on which we happened to be sitting and attack the people on top of it.

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  • The women and girls wear on their head a very small fez, which is bound round with rose or other coloured crape.

    A Woman's Journey Round the World

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