Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long scarf worn over the head and shoulders chiefly by Mexican women.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman's garment of Mexico, a rectangular piece of fabric worn as a scarf or shawl and sometimes used to carry children or goods.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of mantilla worn by women over the head and shoulders, and sometimes over part of the face.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shawl or long scarf worn by Mexican and other Spanish-American women, covering the head and shoulders, and sometimes part of the face, one end being thrown over the left shoulder; a kind of mantilla. Also written reboso, rebosa, and ribosa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a long woolen or linen scarf covering the head and shoulders (also used as a sling for holding a baby); traditionally worn by Latin-American women

Etymologies

Spanish, from rebosar, to muffle with a shawl : re-, back (from Latin; see re-) + bozo, muzzle, mouth (from Vulgar Latin *bucceum, from Latin bucca, cheek).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A "rebozo" - style bag, made out of reflective mylar that use natural or artificial light to encode messages into morse code.

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  • I look at the face of Tawakkol Karman wrapped in what we in the Spanish-speaking tropics would call a rebozo, and I see a riff on the face of the Virgin of Guadalupe, she who adorned the banners of the Mexican Revolution 200 years ago.

    Susan J. Cobb: The Inner Virgin Comes Out In Revolution

  • In their full long skirts and bare feet, and with the big dark-blue scarf or shawl called a rebozo over their womanly small heads and tight round their shoulders, they were images of wild submissiveness, the primitive womanliness of the world, that is so touching and so alien.

    The Plumed Serpent

  • Their dress consists of a white cotton under-dress, a coloured cotton skirt, generally blue, brown, or grey, with some small pattern upon it, but never brilliant in colour, and a rebozo, which is a small sober-coloured cotton shawl, long and narrow.

    Anahuac : or, Mexico and the Mexicans, Ancient and Modern

  • You quickly learn that a rebozo is a traditional Mexican woven shawl.

    A Year of Reading

  • Some of its objects, including plastic housewares mimicking the "Chac-Mool" sculptures of the Maya and fine table linens built around traditional "rebozo" shawls, try to repurpose those cliches.

    Gopnik's Daily Pic: Mexican Design

  • Products range from practical household items to native handicrafts, such as rebozo shawls made in the nearby town of Santa María del Río.

    San Luis Potosi: a brief overview

  • "It's really going to be a chance to come and learn about some Mexican culture that you may not know ... or learn about someone's family history," says Tucson Museum of Art spokeswoman Meredith Hayes, who admits that she didn't quite know what the word "rebozo" meant until she saw a picture of one.

    Tucson Weekly

  • A popular piece of Mexican culture-especially to Mexican women-is finally getting its day in the spotlight at the Tucson Museum of Art. You may not be familiar with the word "rebozo," but you have most likely come across this popular Mexican garment and have seen it worn by women in the Southwest: Woven from fine silk, cotton or other materials, rebozos are traditional Mexican rectangular shawls with knotted and fringed ends.

    Tucson Weekly

  • YOU may know that you're only taking a charming photo as a memento of a beautiful young girl in a rebozo, but a bystander may interpret your action as something very different.

    Proper Foto Etiquette?

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