Definition of burnside in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbəːnsʌɪd/


(usually burnsides)
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A moustache in combination with whiskers on the cheeks but no beard on the chin.
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.

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