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or bur·nous

[ber-noos, bur-noos]
  1. a hooded mantle or cloak, as that worn by Arabs.
  2. a similar garment worn by women at various periods in Europe and the United States.
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Origin of burnoose

1685–95; < French burnous < dialectal Arabic burnūs < Greek bírros < Late Latin birrus birrus
Related formsbur·noosed, bur·noused, adjective
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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.

    In the Land of Mosques &amp; Minarets

    Francis Miltoun

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for burnous


burnouse or US burnoose

  1. a long circular cloak with a hood attached, worn esp by Arabs
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Derived Formsburnoused or US burnoosed, adjective

Word Origin

C17: via French burnous from Arabic burnus, from Greek birros cloak
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