busby

[ buhz-bee ]
/ ˈbʌz bi /

noun, plural bus·bies.

a tall fur hat with a baglike ornament hanging from the top over the right side.
the bearskin hat worn by certain British guardsmen.

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Origin of busby

First recorded in 1755–65; orig., a bushy wig; of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for busby (1 of 2)

busby
/ (ˈbʌzbɪ) /

noun plural -bies

a tall fur helmet with a bag hanging from the top to the right side, worn by certain soldiers, usually hussars, as in the British Army
(not in official usage) another name for bearskin (def. 2)

Word Origin for busby

C18 (in the sense: large bushy wig): perhaps from a proper name

British Dictionary definitions for busby (2 of 2)

Busby
/ (ˈbʌzbɪ) /

noun

Sir Matthew, known as Matt . 1909–94, British footballer. He managed Manchester United (1946–69)
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