a long, loose-hanging dress, usually brightly colored or patterned, worn especially by Hawaiian women.
a similar dress worn as a housedress.

1920–25; < Hawaiian muʾumuʾu name of the dress, literally, cut-off; so called because it originally lacked a yoke Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History

1923, from Hawaiian mu'u mu'u, lit. "cut off," name given to the local adaptation of the dresses given to Island women by early 19c. Christian missionaries "in the early days when a few flowers sufficed for a garment" [Don Blanding, "Hula Moons," 1930]. So called because the native style hangs from the
shoulder and omits the high neck and the train.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
He instead stays home wearing a muumuu hollering at local kids who come by for a laugh at his expense.
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