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, page 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.