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burnsides

[burn-sahydz]
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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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Historical Examples

  • In summer they were always on the hills and by the burnsides.

    The Gold Of Fairnilee

    Andrew Lang

  • Burnsides delay at the bridge could not have been more fortunate for Lee if he had fixed its duration himself.

    The Civil War Through the Camera

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson

  • Burnsides plan had been to renew the battle, but the overwhelming opinion of the other officers prevailed.

    The Civil War Through the Camera

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson

  • General Sumner (who led the advance of Burnsides army) held this opinion but he had not received orders to cross the river.

    The Civil War Through the Camera

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson

  • In front of this wall the previous year, nearly 6,000 of Burnsides men had fallen, and it was not carried.

    The Civil War Through the Camera

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson


British Dictionary definitions for burnsides

burnsides

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 burnsides

n.

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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