\ ˈbō-ə How to pronounce boa (audio) \

Definition of boa

1 : any of a family (Boidae) of large snakes that kill by constriction and that includes the boa constrictor, anaconda, and python
2 : a long fluffy scarf

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Recent Examples on the Web Prior to Wednesday’s post, Ciara shared an adorable photo of her kids, Future and Sienna, dressed in a pink tuxedo and a matching pink gown and boa, respectively. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Ciara and her family have won Halloween with their Beyoncé, Jackson family costumes," 30 Oct. 2019 There were snakes — two of them! — thanks to H.E.R., who wore one coiled around her neck, and Tana Mongeau, the YouTuber who wore hers like a boa (get it? — heh), on the red carpet. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Dear V.M.A.s: Bring Back the Bad Taste," 28 Aug. 2019 With strong fabric glue, attach some wide black grosgrain ribbon for the handle, and a strip of marabou or feather boa for the cuff. Michele Filon, Woman's Day, "Hag Bags," 9 Sep. 2019 Other DragCon attendees posted photos of themselves standing beside an Elizabeth Warren cardboard cutout draped with a rainbow boa. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "Elizabeth Warren goes after LGBTQ vote with booth at DragCon," 9 Sep. 2019 La Catrina, who dons a large hat and flouncy boa, is the queen of the underworld. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, "The best souvenirs to bring home from 10 countries," 2 July 2019 After walking the carpet and enjoying the Met Gala, Kylie did a complete outfit change for the after party, slipping into a sparkly blue dress with blue feather boa. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Changed Into a Blue Wig For Her Met Gala 2019 After Party Look," 7 May 2019 John, the guy who put the boa and tiara on the roof cow? Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "March with a sense of history, and pride," 25 June 2019 Sasha stepped out wearing the Crimini Dress by Reformation in a brown boa print, paired with white sneakers that kept the overall look cool and casual. Mekita Rivas,, "Sasha Obama Proved That Slip Dresses & Sneakers Are The Ultimate Summer Outfit Formula," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of boa

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for boa

Latin, a water snake

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The first known use of boa was in the 14th century

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“Boa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of boa

: a long scarf that is made of fur, feathers, or cloth


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Kids Definition of boa

: a large snake (as a python) that coils around and crushes its prey

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