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- n. A coarse kind of thick woollen cloth, worn by the poor in the Middle Ages.
- n. A woollen cap or hood worn over the shoulders or head.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A coarse kind of thick woolen cloth, worn by the poor in the Middle Ages; also, a woolen cap or hood worn over the shoulders or over the head.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Under the Roman empire, and later, a cloak with a hood worn as an outer garment for protection from the weather.
- n. A species of coarse thick woolen cloth used by the poorer classes in the middle ages for cloaks and external clothing.
Latin, from Latin birrus a kind of cloak. See berretta. (Wiktionary)