Definitions

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

  • n. A rich patterned fabric of cotton, linen, silk, or wool.
  • n. A fine, twilled table linen.
  • n. Damascus steel.
  • n. The wavy pattern on Damascus steel.
  • transitive v. To damascene.
  • transitive v. To decorate or weave with rich patterns.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An ornate silk fabric originating from Damascus.
  • n. A damask rose.
  • n. A grayish-pink color, like that of the damask rose.
  • adj. Of a grayish-pink color, like that of the damask rose.
  • v. To decorate or weave in damascene patterns

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Damask silk; silk woven with an elaborate pattern of flowers and the like.
  • n. Linen so woven that a pattern in produced by the different directions of the thread, without contrast of color.
  • n. A heavy woolen or worsted stuff with a pattern woven in the same way as the linen damask; -- made for furniture covering and hangings.
  • n. Damask or Damascus steel; also, the peculiar markings or “water” of such steel.
  • n. A deep pink or rose color.
  • adj. Pertaining to, or originating at, the city of Damascus; resembling the products or manufactures of Damascus.
  • adj. Having the color of the damask rose.
  • transitive v. To decorate in a way peculiar to Damascus or attributed to Damascus; particularly: (a) with flowers and rich designs, as silk; (b) with inlaid lines of gold, etc., or with a peculiar marking or “water,” as metal. See damaskeen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A textile fabric woven in elaborate patterns.
  • n. A pink color like that of the damask rose; a highly luminous crimson red reduced in chroma, and not appearing to incline to either orange or purple.
  • n. Same as damaskeening, 2.
  • n. Wavy lines shown on metal, formed by damaskeening.
  • Woven with figures, like damask: used of textile fabrics, usually linen: as, damask table-cloths. See I., 1.
  • Of a pink color like that of the damask rose.
  • Of, pertaining to, or originating in Damascus: as, the damask plum, rose, steel, violet: see below.
  • To ornament (a metal) with flowers or patterns on the surface, especially by the application of another metal. See damaskeen.
  • To variegate; diversify.
  • To deface or destroy by tamping or marking: as, to damask seditious books.

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

  • n. a fabric of linen or cotton or silk or wool with a reversible pattern woven into it
  • n. a table linen made from linen with a damask pattern
  • adj. having a woven pattern

Etymologies

Middle English, Damascus, damask, from Latin Damascus, from Greek Damaskos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Damascus, where the fabric was originally made. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Miu Miu has also revamped its Milan flagship store in damask and rich colors — a change from a more minimalist concrete look — and has redecorated a network of 75 boutiques around the world.

    In Bloom: Miu Miu Comes of Age

  • Described as elegant for the time with polished mahogany walls and white satin damask curtains, the 160-foot long New York began shuttling passengers and cargo from New York City to Charleston, South Carolina in 1837.

    1846 Shipwreck Yields Southern Gold and Capped Bust Halves : Coin Collecting News

  • At first the boy was uneasy and wanted to hurry out of the way, but the salesman only beckoned and smiled, and spread out on the counter a lovely piece of satin damask, as if to tempt him.

    The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

  • There are numerous silk manufactories in Brussels; and the beautiful linen, called damask, is exported in great quantities.

    The World's Fair

  • In fact -- as the declaration of manly love had been accompanied by an endeavour to salute what the General had called her damask-cheek -- she had slapped the General's own cheek a resounding blow ....

    Driftwood Spars The Stories of a Man, a Boy, a Woman, and Certain Other People Who Strangely Met Upon the Sea of Life

  • Colour, pattern, and fibre Let colours and patterns, or the weave of fabric such as damask, guide your choice, but bear in mind practical factors also

    Window Dressing (Tips!)

  • There were dozens of them of every hue, from that deep crimson damask which is almost black, to the purest white, fresh gathered from the trees apparently, with the dew still glistening on their perfumed petals and on the polished surface of the leaves.

    The Heavenly Twins

  • The old "maiden's blush," too rare now in our bedding plant gardens, the velvety "damask," the wee Scotch roses, the prolific white, and the curious "York and Lancaster," with monster moss-rose trees, hung over the carriage road.

    Six to Sixteen: A Story for Girls

  • Carrara marble inlaid with verd-antique, in a kind of damask pattern; over the pulpit it fell like drapery, so easy, so graceful, so exquisitely imitated, that I was obliged to touch it to assure myself of the material.

    The Diary of an Ennuyée

  • The cloth that covered the table was of that peculiar kind of damask linen invented in the time of Henry IV. by the brothers Graindorge, the skilful weavers, who gave their name to the heavy fabric so well known to housekeepers.

    The Country Doctor

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  • A rich fabric woven with elaborate raised designs and figures of the same color as the background. Originally applied only to silks, or to items from the city of Damascus, the term is now applied to any single-colored, two-sided fabric woven with raised designs. See also brocade.

    February 6, 2007