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burnsides

[burn-sahydz]
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plural noun
  1. full whiskers and a mustache worn with the chin clean-shaven.

Origin of burnsides

1870–75, Americanism; named after Gen. A. E. Burnside
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Examples from the Web for burnsides

Historical Examples

  • In summer they were always on the hills and by the burnsides.

    The Gold Of Fairnilee

    Andrew Lang

  • Burnsides delay at the bridge could not have been more fortunate for Lee if he had fixed its duration himself.

    The Civil War Through the Camera</p>

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson

  • Burnsides plan had been to renew the battle, but the overwhelming opinion of the other officers prevailed.

    The Civil War Through the Camera</p>

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson

  • General Sumner (who led the advance of Burnsides army) held this opinion but he had not received orders to cross the river.

    The Civil War Through the Camera</p>

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson

  • In front of this wall the previous year, nearly 6,000 of Burnsides men had fallen, and it was not carried.

    The Civil War Through the Camera</p>

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson


British Dictionary definitions for burnsides

burnsides

pl n
  1. US thick side whiskers worn with a moustache and clean-shaven chin

Word Origin

C19: named after General A. E. Burnside (1824–81), Union general in the US Civil War
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for burnsides

n.

style of facial hair consisting of side whiskers and a mustache (but clean-shaven chin), 1875 (singular; plural form from 1878; many early uses are in college and university magazines), a reference to U.S. Army Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside (1824-1881) of Civil War fame, who wore them and inspired the style. Cf. sideburns.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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