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From French babouche, from Arabicبَابُوش(bābūš), from Persianپاپوش(pâpuš, slipper).



babouche (plural babouches)

  1. A Turkish or Moroccan slipper having no heel.
    • 1729, Abel Boyer, The Royal Dictionary, French and English, and English and French Extracted from the Writings of the Best Authors in Both Languages[1], London: J. and J. Knapton:
      BABOUCHE, S. F. (soulier des Turcs, & autres peuples orientaux,) a Shoe worn by the Turks, and other Oriental Nations.
    • 1920, Edith Wharton, In Morocco[2]:
      Everything that the reader of the Arabian Nights expects to find is here: [] the tunnelled passages where indolent merchants with bare feet crouch in their little kennels hung with richly ornamented saddlery and arms, or with slippers of pale citron leather and bright embroidered babouches; []




Inherited from Middle French papouch, babuc, from Ottoman Turkishپاپوش(papuş), from Persianپاپوش(pâpuš, slipper). Compare Arabicبَابُوش(bābūš).



babouche f (plural babouches)

  1. babouche
    • 2019, Alain Damasio, chapter 2, in Les furtifs [The Stealthies], La Volte, →ISBN:
      Ensuite, il a traîné ses babouches sur le bois autrefois verni et il s’est arrêté sur le pas de sa porte pour dire à mi-voix, comme s’il se parlait à lui-même : []
      Then, he dragged his oriental slippers along the once-varnished wood and stopped at his doorstop to say, in a low voice, as if he were talking to himself: []


  • English: babouche

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