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burlap Syllabification: bur·lap
Pronunciation: /ˈbərlap/

Definition of burlap in English:


chiefly North American
1Coarse canvas woven from jute, hemp, or a similar fiber, used especially for sacking.
Example sentences
  • Her large installation consisted of 16 columns made of various fabrics, including canvas, jute and burlap, the edges of which were charred and the expanses of which were often painted.
  • They were made from second-hand jute burlap and scraps of fabric pulled from ragbags and storage bins.
  • Set stakes before filling the planting hole, then tie the tree to the stakes with canvas or burlap strips.
1.1A material similar to burlap but lighter, used in dressmaking and furnishing: [as modifier]: a burlap shirt fabrics ranging from hessians to burlaps
More example sentences
  • Plenty of people were missing eyes, and he was clad in an uncomfortable woolen shirt and burlap pants that were dyed a moss green.
  • He was not terrifying in the least in his appearance; his shirt was made of burlap and his boots were muddy and his trousers were patched.
  • Grab an orange shirt, green pants, hiking shoes, burlap fabric, and two pairs of green tights.


Late 17th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with burlap

mudflap • thunderclap

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