\ 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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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 Barbie Musgraves accented the look even further with a feather boa and a beauty transformation, going platinum from her natural brunette to suit her character's signature shade of blonde. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kacey Musgraves Is a Literal Barbie Doll on the Met Gala Red Carpet," 7 May 2019 In brief moments throughout the visual, Woods and Moore lean into the old school glamour of James’s heyday by donning feather boas and sequined gowns. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Indya Moore Has a Mesmerizing Fashion Moment in Jamila Woods’s New Video," 4 Apr. 2019 Perhaps with feather boa cuffs (cut one apart and sew for simple bracelets), a wide belt, and even a touch of fun face paint or makeup? Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "How to Make a Wicked-Easy Witch Costume for Halloween," 1 Aug. 2018 Sporting a fright wig, a feather boa, and a baggy dress (designed to obscure her svelte figure), Diller was unabashedly outlandish. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 16 Dec. 2018 Do her proud with the palette's middle-left shade, add a boa on Halloween, and you're set. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "This Eyeshadow Palette Was Made for Mamma Mia Halloween Costumes," 5 Oct. 2018 His father headed home to celebrate New Year's Eve, while Ivana put a boa and a mink over her hospital gown and went to visit a girlfriend recovering from back surgery on another floor of the hospital. Julia Ioffe, GQ, "The Real Story of Donald Trump Jr.," 21 June 2018

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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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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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