Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plain, stout, lustrous silk, used for ladies' dresses and for ribbon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plain, stout, lustrous silk, used for ladies' dresses and for ribbon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A string such as was used on a lute.
  • n. One of certain noctuid moths: so called from the lines on the fore wings, likened to lutestrings: as, the poplar-lutestring, Cymatophora or; the lesser lutestring, C. diluta.
  • n. A plain glossy kind of silk formerly used for women's dresses.
  • n. A ribbon of such silk.

Etymologies

Corrupted form of French lustring, probably influenced by lute. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the audience: the dashing Prince Rupert in a pink lutestring coat with silver lace, seen tête-à-tête avec clever Dickie Rider, the master builder of the theatre.

    Exit the Actress

  • I myself know an instance of one of the most creditable marchands in this capital, who demanded six francs an ell for some lutestring, laying his hand upon his breast at the same time, and declaring en conscience, that it had cost him within three sols of the money.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • Mr. Clarke was dressed in pompadour, with gold buttons; and his lovely Dolly in a smart checked lutestring, a present from her mistress.

    The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves

  • The lady was all of a flutter with faded lutestring, washed gauze, and ribbons three times refreshed; but she was most remarkable for the frisure of her head, which rose, like a pyramid, seven inches above the scalp, and her face was primed and patched from the chin up to the eyes; nay, the gallant himself had spared neither red nor white in improving the nature of his own complexion.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • -- This was the first day I changed my mourning; -- a white lutestring, with the fine suit of rough garnets your Ladyship gave me, was my dress on the occasion.

    Barford Abbey

  • Even Faith opened her eyes wide to stare upward, for there was something sliding through one of the portholes above their heads, and dropping softly downwards -- a small package done up in crinkly pink paper, and tied neatly about with blue lutestring.

    All Aboard A Story for Girls

  • Accordingly, it is white lutestring, covered and full-trimmed with white crape, festooned with lilac ribbon and mock point-lace, over a hoop of enormous size.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 19, May, 1859

  • Hannah was dressed in a lead-courlered habbit, open, with a lylack lutestring scirt.

    Journal of a Young Lady of Virginia, 1782

  • It was a blue lutestring habit, taffety apron and handkerchief, with the most butiful little hat on the side of her head I ever saw.

    Journal of a Young Lady of Virginia, 1782

  • I gave them what, by courtesy, may be called my blessing, and my suit of blue lutestring to Mrs Bride, and she threw herself at my feet, and I actually came near shedding a tear to see her overflowing gratitude.

    The Ladies A Shining Constellation of Wit and Beauty

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