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

  • Burnside, Ambrose Everett 1824-1881. American general and politician known more for his side-whiskers (or sideburns) than for his career in the Union Army, which included defeats at Fredericksburg (1862) and Petersburg (1864).

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  • proper n. Any of various towns in Scotland, or elsewhere in the Anglo-Saxon world, named after the Scottish ones.
  • proper n. A topographic surname for someone living near a burn (stream), or in any of the Scottish towns.

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  • n. facial hair that has grown down the side of a man's face in front of the ears (especially when the rest of the beard is shaved off)
  • n. United States general in the American Civil War who was defeated by Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Fredericksburg (1824-1881)


From burn +‎ side (Wiktionary)


  • It is recorded that the name Burnside was given to the estate because of this stream or "burn" as the Scotch called it.

    McGill and its Story, 1821-1921

  • General Burnside is exonerated from all responsibility for the failure, and Generals Grant and Meade are censured.

    Foreign and Colonial News

  • General Burnside is in New York, receiving much public attention.

    Foreign and Colonial News

  • Burnside, is once more to be launched against the Confederates.

    London: Saturday, February 7, 1863

  • General Burnside is carrying matters with a high hand in his command, and some of his proceedings in regard to the Chicago Times, which he had suppressed, had caused apprehensions of a collision between the people and the military at Chicago.

    Foreign and Colonial Intelligence

  • General Burnside is said to have ordered his arrest for making seditious speeches in Ohio.

    Foreign and Colonial Intelligence

  • General Burnside is to be examined before a Senatorial Committee concerning the obstacles thrown in his way by inferior officers.

    Foreign and Colonial News

  • From the army of the Potomac we hear that General Burnside is to detach an army of 35,000 men and proceed to Suffolk by way of Fortress

    Foreign and Colonial News

  • General Burnside is threatening the town of Suffolk, in the south-east corner of Virginia.

    Foreign and Colonial News

  • The grand army on the James River, reinforced by the corps-d'armée under General Burnside, is safely intrenched around Harrison's Landing, about twenty-seven miles from

    Foreign and Colonial News


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