One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fine woollen cloth, sometimes mixed with silk or cotton, used chiefly for coats and suits.
- ‘The waistcoat is 100% barathea and has a polyester back with adjuster.’
- ‘In the British army, khaki uniforms exist in a variety of shades and cloth, pale khaki drill for wear in hot climates and dark khaki barathea for the service dress of Guards officers being two examples.’
- ‘In black barathea wool and silver tones Celtic buttons, this jacket can be worn with a long neck tie, but can also be dressed up with a tux shirt and bow tie.’
- ‘For officers, the cap is made from high quality barathea wool.’
- ‘There is no longer any requirement for uniformed grades to wear barathea, but staff who have barathea uniform are still free to wear it (at the discretion of the Governor).’
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.
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