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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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).’
- ‘The waistcoat is 100% barathea and has a polyester back with adjuster.’
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.
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