One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woman's loose, brightly colored dress, especially one traditionally worn in Hawaii.
cloak, wrap, mantle, cape, kaftanView synonyms
- ‘Try to keep to your typical style of dress, but only slightly flowier - we are not talking caftans or muumuus!’
- ‘The younger women also wore shorts, jeans and T-shirts, and the mature ladies colorful muumuus.’
- ‘She was wearing a bright green muumuu with large orange flowers printed on it.’
- ‘Some Hawaiian women wear the muumuu, a voluminous dress originally designed by modest missionaries for Hawaiian women.’
- ‘She wore tons of jewelry and her muumuu was the brightest shade of green that Abbey had ever seen.’
Early 20th century: from Hawaiian mu'u mu'u, literally ‘cut off’.
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