One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long, loose hooded cloak worn by Arabs.
- ‘A cape called a burnous is sometimes draped over the shoulders; it is made of linen for the summer and wool for the winter.’
- ‘The burnoose fell loose from her face for a moment.’
- ‘He does all this wearing a flowing caftan and a burnoose.’
- ‘He wiped his dripping forehead with his sleeve and readjusted his burnoose.’
- ‘Village men wear a burnous (a long, hooded robe) and baggy pants.’
Late 16th century: French, from Arabic burnus, from Greek birros ‘cloak’.
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