Definition of burnside in English:


Line breaks: burn|side


(usually burnsides)
A moustache in combination with whiskers on the cheeks but no beard on the chin.
More example sentences
  • But as the memory of General Burnside faded, the style became known as simply ‘burnsides,’ and soon an interesting linguistic flip-flop occurred.
  • ‘I sport no such flaming burnsides,’ the ingrate is alleged to have shrieked.
  • The facial hair term "sideburns" is a variant of "burnsides," named for U.S. Army Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, who wore such facial whisker adornment.


late 19th century: named after General Ambrose Burnside (1824–81), American army officer.

Definition of burnside in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day noisome
Pronunciation: ˈnɔɪs(ə)m
having an extremely offensive smell