A burnous (also spelled burnoose, or bournous; from the Berber and Maghribi Arab. "burnus") is a long cloak of coarse woollen fabric with a hood, usually white in color, worn by Berbers and the Arabs throughout North Africa.

It became a distinctive part of the uniform of the French colonial army's Spahi soldiers. It was also sometimes worn unofficially by officers or soldiers of other units in North Africa. The burnous remains part of the uniform of the one remaining Spahi regiment of the French Army, the 1st Spahi Regiment.

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  • burnous — [ byrnu(s) ] n. m. • 1735; barnusse 1556, puis var. diverses; ar. bournous ♦ Grand manteau de laine à capuchon et sans manches (en usage dans les pays du Maghreb). Fam. Faire suer le burnous. ● burnous nom masculin (arabe burnūs, du grec birros,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • burnous — (US also burnoose) ► NOUN ▪ a long hooded cloak worn by Arabs. ORIGIN Arabic, from Greek birros cloak …   English terms dictionary

  • Burnous — Paysans kabyles portant un burnous Le burnous ou bournous, barnous (برنوس) en arabe, aâlaw en chaoui et avidhi et a vernus en kabyle, est un manteau en laine long avec une capuche pointue et sans manche. Typique des populations d …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Burnous — Burnoose Bur noose, Burnous Bur nous, n. [Ar. burnus a kind of high crowned cap: cf. F. bournous, burnous, Sp. al bornoz, a sort of upper garment, with a hood attached.] 1. A cloaklike garment and hood woven in one piece, worn by Arabs. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • burnous — (bur nous ) s. m. Grand manteau de laine à capuchon que portent les Arabes. Le burnous, avec quelques modifications, a été adopté en France. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Arabe, bornos, nom de ce manteau …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • burnous — noun see burnoose …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • BURNOUS — n. m. Grand manteau de laine à capuchon que portent les Arabes …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • burnous — n. one piece long hooded cloak made of wool particularly worn by Arabs and Berbers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • burnous —    (ber NOOS) [French, from Arabic] An Arab or Moorish cloak with a hood.    The cloakroom displayed everything from fur jackets and ten gallon hats to a checkered burnoose …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • burnous — [bə: nu:s] (US also burnoose) noun a long, loose hooded cloak worn by Arabs. Origin C16: Fr., from Arab. burnus, from Gk birros cloak …   English new terms dictionary

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