a cloak or rug of animal skins used in southern Africa.

Origin of kaross

1725–35; < Afrikaans karos, probably < Khoikhoi
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Examples from the Web for kaross

Historical Examples of kaross

  • On the further side of her, just by the fire, lay little Tota, wrapped in a kaross.

    Allan's Wife

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Then he called some of his men, and they carried me in a kaross to this place.


    H. Rider Haggard

  • Women were there, too, watching for the signal, which was to be the waving of a kaross by a chief.

  • The kaross was fastened on the right shoulder, leaving the arm free.

    Jasper Lyle

    Harriet Ward

  • Here Cetewayo, who had been about to speak, threw the corner of his kaross over his face.

    Child of Storm

    H. Rider Haggard

British Dictionary definitions for kaross



a garment of skins worn by indigenous peoples in southern Africa

Word Origin for kaross

C18: from Afrikaans karos, perhaps from Dutch kuras, from French cuirasse cuirass
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