TURBAN tur’ bən (פְּאֵר, H6996, head-dress; מִצְנֶ֫פֶת, H5200, priest’s turban; צָנִיף, H7565, [wound] turban). The turban is a length of linen, wool, or silk cloth, wound into a head covering. Since Mohammed, it has been a distinctive headgear of the Moslems, but its usage originated in the era of the Assyrians, Babylonians, and Hebrews, who used various forms of wound cloth headdress, esp. for ceremonial occasions and in higher ranks of society. There are principally three Heb. words:
1. פְּאֵר, H6996. Perhaps an Egyp. word, and perhaps of wider meaning than the wound turban. It was an ornamental linen head covering (
3. צָנִיף, H7565. A variant from the same root as מִצְנֶ֫פֶת, H5200. RSV is almost consistent in tr. “turban” in three of the four occurrences (
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
See DRESS, V.