bur·​lap | \ ˈbər-ˌlap How to pronounce burlap (audio) \

Definition of burlap

1 : a coarse heavy plain-woven fabric usually of jute or hemp used for bagging and wrapping and in furniture and linoleum manufacture
2 : a lightweight material resembling burlap used in interior decoration or for clothing

Examples of burlap in a Sentence

The bag is made of burlap.
Recent Examples on the Web And it's made with 100% burlap that's stain-resistant and has a non-slip rubber backing for safe stepping. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Mar. 2022 Made with cut-to-order seasonal blooms and wrapped in compostable burlap, its bouquets are both beautiful and sustainable. Kaitlin Marks, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 May 2022 McAllister hath spent the morning pre-gaming with her friends and her fiancé, Ed Matthews, who sipped cold brew coffee nearby while clad in a burlap sack. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2022 It's made with faux boxwood greenery, a faux hydrangea cotton tail, and a burlap bow and ears. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Mar. 2022 It’s the long row of more than 20 coffee beans leading up to the front counter, all of them roasted by a machine in the back that’s fed by warehouse shelves of beans in burlap bags from all over the world. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Mar. 2022 The faux-burlap doormat is also thin enough to place indoors for your laundry room or entryway. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Oct. 2021 The bridge was made of something like thick burlap. Kathryn Davis, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Feb. 2022 At Licking Creek near Etna appeared in 1801 a black-eyed young man leading a pack horse loaded with burlap bags. cleveland, 30 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of burlap

circa 1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for burlap

origin unknown

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The first known use of burlap was circa 1696

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28 May 2022

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“Burlap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burlap. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for burlap


bur·​lap | \ ˈbər-ˌlap How to pronounce burlap (audio) \

Kids Definition of burlap

: a rough cloth made usually from jute or hemp and used mostly for bags

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Nglish: Translation of burlap for Spanish Speakers

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