plural noun

full whiskers and a mustache worn with the chin clean-shaven.

Nearby words

  1. burns, arthur frank,
  2. burns, george,
  3. burns, robert,
  4. burnside,
  5. burnside, ambrose everett,
  6. burnsville,
  7. burnt,
  8. burnt almond,
  9. burnt lime,
  10. burnt offering

Origin of burnsides

1870–75, Americanism; named after Gen. A. E. Burnside

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pl n

US thick side whiskers worn with a moustache and clean-shaven chin

Word Origin for burnsides

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 burnsides



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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