Meaning of burlap in English:



mass noun
  • 1North American Coarse canvas woven from jute, hemp, or a similar fibre, used especially for sacking.

    as modifier ‘a burlap sack’
    • ‘Her large installation consisted of 16 columns made of various fabrics, including canvas, jute and burlap, the edges of which were charred and the expanses of which were often painted.’
    • ‘They were made from second-hand jute burlap and scraps of fabric pulled from ragbags and storage bins.’
    • ‘Set stakes before filling the planting hole, then tie the tree to the stakes with canvas or burlap strips.’
    • ‘We'd bring our apples in burlap sacks, whatever we had, Macs, Baldwins, Spies, some Russets if we were lucky, some wild apples for pungency from the woods and hedgerows.’
    • ‘Laden with burlap bags and potato sacks, they boarded trains for whichever destination they could get a ticket as the death toll jumped by 25 per cent in the Chinese capital.’
    • ‘Somewhere in the distance, barely audible, a tractor trailer loaded with burlap sacks of grass seed pressed its way onto the smooth ribbon of interstate, heading north.’
    • ‘Galápagos sharks, hammerheads, blues, duskies - all of their distinctive fins are jammed into black burlap sacks that pile to the ceiling.’
    • ‘At the base of the camp, a recent avalanche had disgorged burlap sacks, old door frames, mortar boxes, rolls of bailing wire, and pieces of fiberglass.’
    • ‘Out-of-state buyers drive here to get their chili fix, selecting fat burlap sacks of peppers to go into the roaster.’
    • ‘They beat her with burlap sacks stuffed with beans if she doesn't say the words.’
    • ‘Two of the works were on burlap, the third on jute.’
    • ‘There were times when I felt it might make more sense to stand in the dark with a burlap sack, yelling, ‘Here, snipe, snipe, snipe!’’
    • ‘Line the inside with newspapers, tarpaper, burlap, cloth, an old sheet, the kids school papers - anything you might have on hand to keep the contents from falling out.’
    • ‘He previously appeared with a burlap sack over his head as Scarecrow in Batman Begins, and I'm awaiting his inevitable collaboration with David Lynch.’
    • ‘Virginia dumped the burlap sacks in an alleyway.’
    • ‘Then she removed her lute, which had been placed within and covered by a burlap sack, and began hooking a strap to it so she could wear it without fear it would drop from her grasp.’
    • ‘Nick walked past with a heavy burlap sack over his shoulder.’
    • ‘Use a rough cloth like burlap to rub briskly across the grain.’
    • ‘If applied and rubbed with a cloth, usually burlap, while still soft, the pores fill and the varnish goes on smoothly.’
    • ‘If you decide to keep them in the ground outside, sink four stakes in a square shape around each stem, then wrap burlap or another thick material around the stakes.’
    hessian, sacking, hopsack, hopsacking, burlap
    1. 1.1Lighter material of a kind similar to burlap, used in dressmaking and furnishing.
      as modifier ‘a burlap shirt’
      count noun ‘fabrics ranging from hessians to burlaps’
      • ‘Plenty of people were missing eyes, and he was clad in an uncomfortable woolen shirt and burlap pants that were dyed a moss green.’
      • ‘He was not terrifying in the least in his appearance; his shirt was made of burlap and his boots were muddy and his trousers were patched.’
      • ‘Grab an orange shirt, green pants, hiking shoes, burlap fabric, and two pairs of green tights.’
      • ‘These draperies, of cream linen burlap, hang in her own West Vancouver home.’
      • ‘Popular materials include linen, lace, and burlap, but almost any natural fiber material will do as long as it is clean and lint-free.’
      • ‘Each wore an identical grey ankle-length dress made of a rough fabric that reminded him of burlap and white blouses that had turned grey from frequent washing.’
      • ‘Much of our clothing comes from them as well - cotton and linen are made from ‘fibers’ of flowering plants, as are rope and burlap, and many commercial dyes are extracted from other flowering plants.’
      • ‘You can dye burlap any color you need and then rip it into strips about 2 inches wide and sew them on to clothing (or make clothing from more burlap to wear over your regular duds.)’
      • ‘Celine has hand-sewn lace onto leather, while American brand BCBG Max Azria adapts the current mania for ponyhair by doing patches of it on burlap, instead of all-over ponyhair pieces.’
      • ‘Lisa's models wear: crop-jacket pant suit; skirt suit in burlap with her signature raffia handwork, her homage to Bahamian straw basket makers.’
      • ‘Upholstered burlap panels have been strategically used as a soft counterpoint.’
      • ‘Look for a natural fabric with a loose, open weave such as burlap or some types of cotton and linen.’
      • ‘Fabric wallpaper are usually made of cotton, linen, or other natural plant fibers, such as grass cloth, hemp, or burlap.’
      • ‘Others, like burlap or grass cloth, are very hard to clean when stained.’
      • ‘If the chair needs extra support, strengthen the seat by weaving 1 1/2-inch-wide burlap webbing in both directions in the open area of the seat.’


Late 17th century of unknown origin.