Meaning of burnous in English:


Pronunciation /bəːˈnuːs/


(also US burnoose)
  • A long, loose hooded cloak worn by Arabs.

    ‘The burnoose fell loose from her face for a moment.’
    • ‘A cape called a burnous is sometimes draped over the shoulders; it is made of linen for the summer and wool for the winter.’
    • ‘He does all this wearing a flowing caftan and a burnoose.’
    • ‘Village men wear a burnous (a long, hooded robe) and baggy pants.’
    • ‘He wiped his dripping forehead with his sleeve and readjusted his burnoose.’


Late 16th century French, from Arabic burnus, from Greek birros ‘cloak’.