[ bur-lap ]
/ ˈbɜr læp /


a plain-woven, coarse fabric of jute, hemp, or the like; gunny.
a lightweight fabric made in imitation of this.

verb (used with object), bur·lapped, bur·lap·ping.

to wrap with burlap: to burlap and tie a newly dug tree.


Nearby words

  1. burkitt,
  2. burkitt lymphoma,
  3. burkitt's lymphoma,
  4. burl,
  5. burladero,
  6. burlecue,
  7. burled,
  8. burleigh,
  9. burleigh, henry thacker,
  10. burleson

Origin of burlap

1685–95; earlier borelap, equivalent to bore(l) coarse cloth (see bureau) + lap1

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British Dictionary definitions for burlap


/ (ˈbɜːlæp) /


a coarse fabric woven from jute, hemp, or the like

Word Origin for burlap

C17: from borel coarse cloth, from Old French burel (see bureau) + lap 1

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Word Origin and History for burlap



1690s, probably from Middle English borel "coarse cloth," from Old French burel (see bureau); or Dutch boeren "coarse," perhaps confused with boer "peasant." The second element, -lap, meant "piece of cloth" (see lap (n.)).

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