bur·​lap | \ˈbər-ˌlap \

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.

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Hobbs, then 10, was told to stuff her belongings into old burlap sandbags. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "What World War II’s ‘Operation Pied Piper’ taught us about the trauma of family separations," 19 June 2018 The school's Finegan dining room and gymnasium brought the barbecue inside via decor via CHL Linens with high-top or picnic tables topped with gingham tablecloths or burlap with mason jar centerpieces. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "BBQ and blue jeans set the mood for Stuart Hall School for Boys benefit," 15 May 2018 The family pulled together to sew one burlap bag apiece for their belongings and Schindler’s father hid their valuables - a pocket watch, a wedding band, a necklace and earrings - in a box in their house. Julie Gallant, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Holocaust survivor talks of her year in Auschwitz," 2 May 2018 The best way to store them is in a burlap or paper bag, covered with a damp towel. Emily Main, Good Housekeeping, "10 Healthiest Fish On The Planet," 25 June 2015 Flowers for Dreams' mixed floral bouquets wrapped in burlap are meant to look earthy and organic as if they were just picked from a farm field. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These bouquets are made for Instagram and leading a craft flower movement," 15 May 2018 Vintage gardening books and trowels fill a weathered bookshelf; burlap yardage topped with potted herbs and jars of tiny black seeds disguises a corporate table. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "This New Natural Beauty Startup is Raising the Bar on Sustainable Packaging," 30 Apr. 2018 Comme des Garçons Homme paired graphic, colorful suiting with honest-to-god nightmare-fuel masks (inspired, maybe, by the burlap masks rocked by ghostly orphans in 2007’s The Orphanage). Liz Raiss, GQ, "Joel Embiid Is the Man in the Awesome Mask," 23 Apr. 2018 Photo: Caitlin Ochs for The Wall Street Journal The warehouse is piled high with 70-kilo burlap bags of green coffee, fresh off container ships. WSJ, "It’s Likely Your Coffee Was Roasted at This New York Company," 17 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of burlap

: a strong, rough fabric that is used mostly for making bags


bur·​lap | \ˈbər-ˌlap \

Kids Definition of burlap

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

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