\ 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

Examples of boa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grab a rainbow boa, suspend your judgment of yourself (c’mon) and others, and join us. Marina Gomberg, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 June 2021 Never one to arrive in standard-issue menswear, Styles had an arresting look ready for his first Grammys night, a black leather cropped jacket and matching pants paired with a mint boa, all designed by Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 14 Mar. 2021 This wasn't the only boa appearance from Styles on music's biggest night of the year. Lydia Wang,, 15 Mar. 2021 On Monday night, after examining the Grammy winner’s second look of the night — which included a yellow plaid blazer and a purple boa — Clueless’ Cher Horowitz Alicia Silverstone gave the ‘fit her stamp of approval. Eliza Huber,, 17 Mar. 2021 Styles put his heeled boots on our necks and refused to let up while performing his smash hit in a leather suit and a green feather boa. Justin Curto, Vulture, 15 Mar. 2021 Hynes added an electrifying solo as Styles stripped off the boa and showed off his dance moves. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 15 Mar. 2021 Beyond the masks, the night’s fashion performances started off high with Harry Styles sporting a full leather suit, sans shirt, and a frilly boa scarf — which was then swapped later in the night with a different hue of fuzz. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2021 From Harry Styles' feather boa to Dua Lipa's Cher cosplay, there were tons of instantly iconic fashion moments. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 15 Mar. 2021

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Boa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of boa

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


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

Kids Definition of boa

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

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