busby

busby

[buhz-bee]
noun, plural busbies.
1.
a tall fur hat with a baglike ornament hanging from the top over the right side.
2.
the bearskin hat worn by certain British guardsmen.

Origin:
1755–65; orig., a bushy wig; of obscure origin

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busby (ˈbʌzbɪ)
 
n , pl -bies
1.  a tall fur helmet with a bag hanging from the top to the right side, worn by certain soldiers, usually hussars, as in the British Army
2.  (not in official usage) another name for bearskin
 
[C18 (in the sense: large bushy wig): perhaps from a proper name]

Busby (ˈbʌzbɪ)
 
n
Sir Matthew, known as Matt. 1909--94, British footballer. He managed Manchester United (1946--69)

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busby
"fur hat worn by hussars on parade," 1807, earlier "a kind of bushy, tall wig" (1764), of unknown origin, though it is both a place name and a surname in England.
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