bois brûlé

[ bwahbroo-ley; French bwah bry-ley ]

noun,plural bois brû·lés [bwahbroo-leyz; French bwah bry-ley]. /ˈbwɑ bruˈleɪz; French bwɑ brüˈleɪ/.
  1. Canadian Older Use. Métis (def. 1).

Origin of bois brûlé

First recorded in 1800–10; from French: literally, “burnt wood”

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How to use bois brûlé in a sentence

  • Just then a piece of white, newly-tanned deerskin was hoisted up in the center of the bois brule encampment.

    Indian Boyhood | [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  • The Bois Brule and Ami, as he called the bear, soon became necessary to one another.

    Old Indian Days | [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  • A dog-team and a bois-brule bring them, and then I am alone as before.

    Romany of the Snows | Gilbert Parker
  • The Bois Brule was treated with kindness and honor, and the tribe gave him a wife.

    Old Indian Days | [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman

British Dictionary definitions for bois-brûlé


/ (ˌbwɑːbruːˈleɪ) /

  1. (sometimes capital) Canadian archaic a mixed-race person of Canadian Indian and White (usually French Canadian) ancestry; Métis: Also called: Brule

Origin of bois-brûlé

French, literally: burnt wood

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