Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hooded cloak worn especially by Arabs and Berbers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thick hooded cloak worn throughout the Arab world and North Africa.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cloaklike garment and hood woven in one piece, worn by Arabs.
  • n. A combination cloak and hood worn by women.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An outer garment made of a coarse woolen fabric, worn by men in the Barbary States, throughout northwestern Africa, and in Arabia.
  • n. Hence A garment worn by women in Europe and the United States at different times since 1850.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a long hooded cloak woven of wool in one piece; worn by Arabs and Moors

Etymologies

French burnous, from Arabic burnus, from Greek birros, hooded cloak, from Late Latin birrus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French burnous, from Arabic برنس (burnus). (Wiktionary)

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  • "A long hooded cloak woven of wool in one piece; worn by Arabs and Moors"

    August 13, 2007

  • or burnouse

    February 23, 2007