One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tall fur hat with a colored cloth flap hanging down on the right-hand side and often a plume on the top, worn by soldiers of certain regiments of hussars and artillerymen.
- ‘From here you can walk to Amalienborg, the royal palace, the impressive buildings of which are patrolled by guards in busbies.’
- ‘There was also a soldier's ceremonial busby cap.’
- ‘A busby, on the other hand, is a smaller helmet made of short fur with a small bag on the side, usually worn by hussars.’
- ‘He became its regimental colonel, and even as a general often wore its uniform, with its death's-head badge on the busby.’
- ‘You should really know your bearskin from your busby.’
- 1.1popular term for bearskin (the cap)
- ‘A bandsman from the Coldstream Guards displays his busby.’
- ‘I was slightly startled to find myself walking a few paces behind a Guardsman in full Number 1 dress uniform, busby standing proud, and polished brass spurs on his boots.’
- ‘Americans are suckers for pageantry and the media was happy to show shots of him surveying a row of busbies or chatting with the Queen.’
- ‘The towering black hat, or busby, dates back almost 200 years to the Battle of Waterloo and is a key part of the uniform of the five guards' regiments - the Coldstream, Grenadier, Irish, Scots and Welsh.’
Mid 18th century (denoting a large bushy wig): of unknown origin.
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