Definition of bawneen
: a man's work jacket of homemade undyed wool flannel worn especially in Ireland
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Origin and Etymology of bawneen
borrowed from Irish báinín flannel, white flannel jacket, from bāin-, bān white (from Old Irish bān) + -īn (diminutive suffix); akin to Sanskrit bhāti he shines
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