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 On Saturday, with Auburn wearing Versace and Alabama throwing on Calvin Klein and Ohio State in a Chanel creation, Oregon showed up wearing a burlap bag. John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks win Civil War, but are suspect heading to Pac-12 title game," 1 Dec. 2019 Whether burlap, mesh, or 3-D type materials that look like leaves, breaking up someone’s outline up high will lead to more success late in the season when cover is scarce. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Great Gifts for Treestand Hunters," 20 Nov. 2019 Bags of green coffee beans, which arrive at the store in burlap bags, will be cut open on table next to the roaster. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The world’s largest Starbucks, opening Friday in Chicago, is one of the finest flagships on the Mag Mile," 7 Nov. 2019 In 2014, their nativity scene depicted a homeless Virgin Mary at a bus stop with a newborn Baby Jesus swaddled in burlap. CBS News, "Church unveils nativity scene depicting holy family as caged refugees," 9 Dec. 2019 Tall cocktail tables draped in white cloths held autumn-like centerpieces with little pumpkins and mixed bouquets of fall flowers wrapped in orange burlap. La Cañada Valley Sun, "The Valley Line: Lanterman House hosts LCF Chamber mixer; local Kiwanis clubs install officers," 23 Oct. 2019 Different methods were tried to treat the wastewater, according to the suit, including running it through a double layer of burlap sacks. Sarah Bowman, IndyStar, "113 tons of dead fish: Indiana's worst environmental disaster, 20 years later," 19 Dec. 2019 Patsy’s will wrap it up for you in a cute burlap sack. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "ICYMI: Have yourself a Katy little Christmas: a guide to Katy gift giving," 27 Nov. 2019 While renovating his Keyport, New Jersey house this past September, Ron Lewert found a stash of Gilbey's Dry Gin, still wrapped in straw hidden in a crawlspace in the roof – 12 bottles in a big, burlap sack. CBS News, "Aging well: The allure of vintage spirits," 24 Nov. 2019

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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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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Burlap.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burlap. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of burlap

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


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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