bou·​bou | \ ˈbü-ˌbü How to pronounce boubou (audio) \

Definition of boubou

: a long flowing garment worn in parts of Africa

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Recent Examples on the Web Wiley stood beneath Black Rock’s 20-foot wooden doors in a green and gold boubou, greeting guests such as Alicia Keys and Naomi Campbell. Annika Hammerschlag, Quartz Africa, "Obama’s portrait painter is making a bet on African artists with a Dakar residency program," 4 June 2019 Wearing his usual white boubou, Diack, 52, settled into a corner table overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "Accused of Corruption on Multiple Continents, and Comfortably Defiant in Senegal," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of boubou

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boubou

French, from Malinke bubu

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“Boubou.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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