bawneen

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Irish báinín (undyed wool), from bán (white) + -een

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bawneen (plural bawneens)

  1. (Ireland) A waistcoat with sleeves made from undyed wool, typically worn by labourers and fishermen.
  2. (Ireland) The woolen yarn such waistcoats are made from.
    • 2002, Joseph O'Connor, Star of the Sea, Vintage 2003, p. 63:
      He would take off his neatly pressed worsted trousers, his Winchester College blazer and schoolboy's cap, and don the rough clothes he wore at home in Connemara: the peasant's canvas britches, the bawneenbratt’ or smock.
Last modified on 21 February 2014, at 10:23