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  1. Ambrose Everett,1824–81, Union general in the American Civil War.
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plural noun
  1. full whiskers and a mustache worn with the chin clean-shaven.
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Origin of burnsides

1870–75, Americanism; named after Gen. A. E. Burnside
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stubble, sideburns, goatee, burnsides, mustache, muttonchops

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

C19: named after General A. E. Burnside (1824–81), Union general in the US Civil War
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Word Origin and History for burnside



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.

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