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[burn-sahydz] /ˈbɜrnˌsaɪdz/
plural noun
full whiskers and a mustache worn with the chin clean-shaven.
1870-75, Americanism; named after Gen. A. E. Burnside Unabridged
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Examples for burnsides
  • They were called burnsides and later switched to sideburns.
  • He originated the fashion of wearing long side whiskers, thus the term burnsides or sideburns.
British Dictionary definitions for burnsides


plural noun
(US) thick side whiskers worn with a moustache and clean-shaven chin
Word Origin
C19: named after General A. E. Burnside (1824–81), Union general in the US Civil War
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Word Origin and History for burnsides
style of facial hair consisting of side whiskers and a mustache (but clean-shaven chin), 1875, from U.S. Army Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside (1824-1881) who wore them.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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