muu·​muu | \ ˈmü-ˌmü How to pronounce muumuu (audio) \

Definition of muumuu

: a loose often long dress having bright colors and patterns and adapted from the dresses originally distributed by missionaries to the native women of Hawaii

Examples of muumuu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maggie was sometimes the butt of her daughter’s jokes, both on the show and in Kathy’s standup comedy, sent up as a gruff, muumuu-wearing throwback. New York Times, "Maggie Griffin, Kathy’s Mother and a ‘D-List’ Celebrity, Dies at 99," 20 Mar. 2020 The fashion available to moms-to-be is few and far between, often either made with bad, stretchy Lycra or cut in the silhouette of a matronly muumuu. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Hatch Dress and 3 Other Maternity Brands That Are Actually Chic," 11 Jan. 2019 Retired teacher Julie Miller, for example, remembered how Rundall used to walk to school barefoot, wearing a muumuu. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "She’s volunteered at a Seattle school library for half a century. Now it’s named after her.," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of muumuu

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for muumuu

Hawaiian mu'umu'u, from mu'umu'u cut off

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The first known use of muumuu was in 1888

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“Muumuu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of muumuu

: a Hawaiian dress that is usually long, loose-fitting, and decorated with bright colors

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