See also: Busby


Third Marquess of Londonderry in a busby.


(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.) Various theories; probably from the surname Busby.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈbʌ
  • (file)


busby (plural busbies or busbys)

  1. A fur hat, usually with a plume in the front, worn by certain members of the military or brass bands.
    • 1887, Thomas Stevens, chapter IV, in Around the World on a Bicycle[1], Vol. II: From Teheran to Yokohama, London: Sampson Low [] , pages 71–72:
      [] many Khorassanis wearing huge sheepskin busbies, similar to the head-gear of the Roumanians and Tabreez Turks of Ovahjik and the Perso-Turkish border.
    • 1895, Robert W. Chambers, The King in Yellow:
      They were a fine lot of fellows, in their pale blue, tight-fitting jackets, jaunty busbys and white riding breeches with the double yellow stripe []
    • 1976, Saul Bellow, Humboldt's Gift, New York: Avon, →ISBN, page 54:
      His head was shaped like a busby, a high solid arrogant rock, covered with thick moss.

Coordinate termsEdit


See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit