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 The crops on Brown's boulevard — tomatoes, cabbages, peppers, squash, broccoli and basil — are planted in burlap bags filled with soil rather than directly in the ground. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities gardeners grow food for their neighbors on city boulevards," 25 Dec. 2020 Attention to detail—Stembel's burlap wrap around the floral bouquets became her signature—plus the coffee shop guerrilla marketing worked. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What I Wear to Work (at Home): Christina Stembel, Founder and CEO of Farmgirl Flowers," 14 Dec. 2020 Discarded in a similar fashion, roughly 500 feet apart, each of them swathed in burlap. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Inside the mind of a murderer: New clues in the hunt for the Long Island serial killer," 12 Dec. 2020 At Biltmore, workers incorporate velvet, metallic, satin, burlap and printed cotton elements whenever possible. Virginia Brown, Washington Post, "Seven ways to elevate your holiday decorating, according to the pros at Biltmore," 10 Dec. 2020 The horticulturist installs a burlap screen to protect these plants from the sun in winter. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Burlap screens can help protect evergreens from winter, but watering matters more," 5 Dec. 2020 After Phipps’s crew protected the fossil with burlap and plaster and hauled it from the Murrays’ ranch, the fossil spent years in storage at a private lab in Fort Peck, Montana. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "'Dueling Dinosaurs' fossil, hidden from science for 14 years, could finally reveal its secrets," 17 Nov. 2020 Every crate and burlap sack passed beneath her gaze, to be checked off on a mental tally. Ew Staff, EW.com, "First look: Realm Breaker is your next YA fantasy obsession," 1 Dec. 2020 Celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Nick Jonas, Martha Stewart and Pierce Brosnan have supported Feed, best known for its canvas, cotton and burlap bags. Washington Post, "Gifts that keep on giving: These retailers offer one-for-one deals or make financial donations," 30 Nov. 2020

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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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“Burlap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burlap. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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