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or burnous

[ber-noos, bur-noos] /bərˈnus, ˈbɜr nus/
a hooded mantle or cloak, as that worn by Arabs.
a similar garment worn by women at various periods in Europe and the United States.
Origin of burnoose
1685-95; < French burnous < dialectal Arabic burnūs < Greek bírros < Late Latin birrus birrus
Related forms
burnoosed, burnoused, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for burnous
Historical Examples
  • North Africa is not only the Land of Sunshine; it is also the land of the burnous.

  • Ali got to his feet, smoothed his burnous and went to the stubborn camel.

    Hi Jolly! James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • I was just about to fall asleep when I felt a gentle pull at my burnous.

  • He might be hidden under the arcade, sleeping in his burnous.

    The Garden Of Allah Robert Hichens
  • At the side of the column Rameses found his sword and burnous.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest Alexander Glovatski
  • The burnous is very beautiful, but I could not accept it—an article of dress is in the category of things impossible.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • He did not wait, however, to remonstrate, but immediately drew forward the hood of his burnous and hurried away.

    The Pirate City R.M. Ballantyne
  • Wrapping himself in his burnous, he sat and waited until the Czar should come forth.

    The Green Book Mr Jkai
  • Hadj was there, and Smain, sheltering in his burnous roses from Count Anteoni's garden.

    The Garden Of Allah Robert Hichens
  • As she did so, Smain, unfolding for an instant his burnous, pressed into her hands his mass of roses.

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British Dictionary definitions for burnous


/bɜːˈnuːs; -ˈnuːz/
a long circular cloak with a hood attached, worn esp by Arabs
Derived Forms
burnoused, (US) burnoosed, adjective
Word Origin
C17: via French burnous from Arabic burnus, from Greek birros cloak
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