or bur·nous

[ 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

bur·noosed, bur·noused, adjective
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burnouse or US burnoose

/ (bɜːˈnuːs, -ˈnuːz) /


a long circular cloak with a hood attached, worn esp by Arabs

Derived Forms

burnoused or US burnoosed, adjective

Word Origin for burnous

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