from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A slightly ribbed, woven fabric of silk, cotton, or rayon.
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- n. A fabric woven from silk, cotton, or rayon with slight ribs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A soft silk, heavier than a foulard and not glossy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, a hood covering the face, worn by nuns of certain orders; also, a veil worn by women, and covering the head and shoulders, the word having different meanings at different periods from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century.
- n. Hence The material of which such a garment was made.
- n. A silk fabric having a very light “grain” or cord, in distinction from ottoman, which has a heavy cord (gros grain), and from surah, which is twilled.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a ribbed woven fabric of silk or rayon or cotton
French, from Old North French, cloth head-covering worn by women in Flanders, possibly from Middle Dutch falie, scarf.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)