bou·​bou ˈbü-ˌbü How to pronounce boubou (audio)
: a long flowing garment worn in parts of Africa

Examples of boubou in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His body was wrapped in a white boubou, and a turban hid his entire face, except for a pair of large, dark sunglasses. Steven Levingston, Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2022 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, 4 June 2019 Wearing his usual white boubou, Diack, 52, settled into a corner table overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Tariq Panja, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2017

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Word History


French, from Malinke bubu

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boubou was in 1961

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“Boubou.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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