Definition of caubeen in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /kɔːˈbiːn/


An Irish beret, typically dark green in colour.
Example sentences
  • I have four caubeens, no two of them are are the same. two Balmorals, one black, one dark green.
  • And we wear the green caubeen and carry the pike, the distinctive headgear and weapon of the Irish warriors of old.
  • Whatever its origin, however, the caubeen had become accepted as being distinctively Irish by the early years of the Twentieth Century.


Early 19th century: Irish, literally 'old hat', from cáibín 'little cape', diminutive of cába 'cape'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: cau|been

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.