Bir·​man ˈbər-mən How to pronounce Birman (audio)
: a long-haired domestic cat of a breed originating in Burma (Myanmar) and resembling the Siamese in eye color and coat pattern but much stockier in build with paws symmetrically marked with white

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Recent Examples on the Web Burmese and Birman cats have the highest life expectancy after their first year of life (14.4 years), followed by crossbreed cats, which typically live for another 11.9 years, as compared to purebred cats, who instead live for another 10.4 years. Nicholas Rice, Peoplemag, 12 May 2024 Actor Jared Leto, 51, nailed cat couture, dressing as Choupette, Lagerfeld’s beloved blue-eyed Birman. People Staff, Peoplemag, 30 Dec. 2023 Celeb Inspo: Mandy Moore in an Ulla Johnson Dress with Alexandre Birman boots. Sarah Ball, Peoplemag, 13 Dec. 2023 Ahead of this year’s affair, the SKIMS mogul, 43, hoped to have a special date to accompany her on the red carpet: beloved Birman cat Choupette who belonged to the late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, the Costume Institute’s most recent exhibit honoree. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 26 Oct. 2023 Debuted in 2013, the timelessly feminine shoe is one of Birman’s core silhouettes and is a best-seller. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 11 Sep. 2023 The documentary Gold Circle inductees are DCTV co-founders Jon Alpert and Keiko Tsuno, while the Silver Circle inductees include Daniel H. Birman, Lois Vossen and Christopher White. Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Aug. 2023 Choupette rose to fame after Lagerfeld adopted the white Birman feline in 2011. Marisa Sullivan, Peoplemag, 4 May 2023 Like a number of the gala’s actual attendees, Aquaria had on a catsuit that paid homage to Choupette, Mr. Lagerfeld’s tortie Birman cat. Sadiba Hasan, New York Times, 2 May 2023

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Word History


variant of Burman

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Birman was in 1973

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“Birman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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