bur·​lap ˈbər-ˌlap How to pronounce burlap (audio)
: a coarse heavy plain-woven fabric usually of jute or hemp used for bagging and wrapping and in furniture and linoleum manufacture
: 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 While at least 10 bodies were discovered buried on the coast of Long Island’s Gilgo Beach in Dec. 2010, police believed the corpses of four women found in close proximity to each other, each wrapped in similar burlap, were killed by the same person. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 16 Jan. 2024 For tree finial, cut two 4-inch circles from yellow-green burlap. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Dec. 2023 Also, to promote air flow, avoid fully wrapping boxwood in burlap for winter protection. Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2023 Some tree farms even make the trees available in pots or balled in burlap so that they can be replanted at the end of the season, averting the need to recycle altogether, Chastagner said. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 1 Dec. 2023 Discounts reach up to 55 percent off decor that ranges from traditional, like Christmas stockings and plaid pillow covers, to softer and more understated styles, such as flameless candles and burlap banners. Monica Bell, Peoplemag, 18 Nov. 2023 Wrap the wreath form with white burlap ribbon and attach faux spiders with hot-glue. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 9 Aug. 2023 Hearing authorities now say some of the victims were wrapped in a burlap that hunters often use was chilling. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 16 Sep. 2023 True to its name, this boutique sells vintage clothes and repurposed items such as burlap coffee bags transformed into re-covered armchairs. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 5 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

circa 1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of burlap was circa 1696

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“Burlap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burlap. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


bur·​lap ˈbər-ˌlap How to pronounce burlap (audio)
: a rough fabric made usually from jute or hemp and used mostly for bags and wrappings

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