Definition of busby in English:

busby

Syllabification: bus·by
Pronunciation: /ˈbəzbē
 
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noun (plural busbies)

1A tall fur hat with a colored cloth flap hanging down on the right-hand side and often a plume on the top, worn by soldiers of certain regiments of hussars and artillerymen.
More example sentences
  • There was also a soldier's ceremonial busby cap.
  • He became its regimental colonel, and even as a general often wore its uniform, with its death's-head badge on the busby.
  • From here you can walk to Amalienborg, the royal palace, the impressive buildings of which are patrolled by guards in busbies.
1.1 popular term for bearskin (the cap).
More example sentences
  • A bandsman from the Coldstream Guards displays his busby.
  • The towering black hat, or busby, dates back almost 200 years to the Battle of Waterloo and is a key part of the uniform of the five guards' regiments - the Coldstream, Grenadier, Irish, Scots and Welsh.
  • I was slightly startled to find myself walking a few paces behind a Guardsman in full Number 1 dress uniform, busby standing proud, and polished brass spurs on his boots.

Origin

mid 18th century (denoting a large bushy wig): of unknown origin.

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