Definition of muumuu in US English:



  • A woman's loose, brightly colored dress, especially one traditionally worn in Hawaii.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She wore tons of jewelry and her muumuu was the brightest shade of green that Abbey had ever seen.’
    • ‘Some Hawaiian women wear the muumuu, a voluminous dress originally designed by modest missionaries for Hawaiian women.’
    cloak, wrap, mantle, cape, kaftan
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Early 20th century: from Hawaiian mu'u mu'u, literally ‘cut off’.