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

  • n. A folded piece of absorbent material, such as paper or cloth, that is placed between a baby's legs and fastened at the waist to contain excretions.
  • n. A similar piece of material, worn by incontinent adults.
  • n. A white cotton or linen fabric patterned with small, duplicative diamond-shaped figures.
  • n. A piece of such cloth.
  • n. Such a pattern.
  • transitive v. To put a diaper on.
  • transitive v. To weave or decorate in a diamond-shaped pattern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A textile fabric having a diamond-shaped pattern formed by alternating directions of thread.
  • n. A towel or napkin made from such fabric.
  • n. An absorbent garment worn by a baby, or by someone who is incontinent.
  • n. The diamond pattern associated with diaper textiles.
  • v. To put diapers on someone.
  • v. To draw flowers or figures, as upon cloth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any textile fabric (esp. linen or cotton toweling) woven in diaper pattern. See 2.
  • n. Surface decoration of any sort which consists of the constant repetition of one or more simple figures or units of design evenly spaced.
  • n. A towel or napkin for wiping the hands, etc.
  • n. An infant's breechcloth.
  • intransitive v. To draw flowers or figures, as upon cloth.
  • transitive v. To ornament with figures, etc., arranged in the pattern called diaper, as cloth in weaving.
  • transitive v. To put a diaper on (a child).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To variegate or diversify, as cloth, with figures; flower: as, diapered silk.
  • To draw or work in diaper, or as part of a diaper; introduce in a diapered pattern or fabric.
  • To draw a series or succession of flowers or figures, as upon cloth.
  • n. Originally, a silken fabric of one color having a pattern of the same color woven in it; now, a textile fabric having a pattern not strongly defined, and repeated at short intervals; especially, such a fabric of linen, where the pattern is indicated only by the direction of the thread, the whole being white or in the unbleached natural color. Compare damask
  • n. A pattern for decoration of any kind consisting of a simple figure often repeated, as in the woven fabric.
  • n. Any pattern constantly repeated over a relatively large surface, whether consisting of figures separated by the background only, or of compartments constantly succeeding one another, and filled with a design, especially a geometric design, or one based on a flower-form.
  • n. In heraldry, same as diapering.
  • n. A towel or napkin.
  • n. A square piece of cloth for swaddling the nates and adjacent parts of au infant; a clout.

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

  • n. a fabric (usually cotton or linen) with a distinctive woven pattern of small repeated figures
  • n. garment consisting of a folded cloth drawn up between the legs and fastened at the waist; worn by infants to catch excrement


Middle English, a patterned fabric, from Old French diapre, diaspre, from Medieval Latin diasprum, a white silken material, from Medieval Greek diaspros, pure white : dia-, intensive pref.; see dia- + aspros, white (probably from Latin asper, rough).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French dyapre, diaspre, in mediaeval Latin diaspra, diasprum from Byzantine Greek δίασπρος (adj), from δια- ‘across’ + άσπρος ‘white’. (Wiktionary)



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