from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A soft, light cotton material, often with a woven stripe.
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- n. A soft, fine muslin of South Asian origin, sometimes used to make baby clothes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A thick sort of jaconet muslin, plain or striped, formerly made in India.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of muslin similar to jaconet, but thicker, originally made in Bengal. It is made both plain and striped, the stripe running the length of the stuff.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a soft lightweight muslin used especially for babies
Slips are usually made of some very soft material such as nainsook, batiste, pearline, or sheer lawn cloth.
“‘And yourself, she thought in her nainsook, you want him to be Uncle Remus goes to war, then the old happy fishing patriot.’”
At home it had been so clear that for six dressing jackets there would be needed twenty-four yards of nainsook at sixteen pence the yard, which was a matter of thirty shillings besides the cutting-out and making, and these thirty shillings had been saved.
The finest and softest of French and Scotch flannels, French linen, dimity, nainsook, and India silk are always dainty and they should be made up very simply with little trimming, but that of the finest.
During the summer months nainsook caps or other thin materials are to be preferred to the heavy crocheted caps that are sometimes worn by babies.
She wore a white duck skirt, a soft nainsook blouse open at the throat, the sailor collar knotted with a red silk scarf.
The striped and plaid nainsook are used for the same purposes.
I went everywhere for your French nainsook, but every shop was just out of it.
The framework and ribs were made entirely of Riga pine; the surface fabric was nainsook.
When he had gone, she cleaned all of her toilet silver, and ran ribbons into nicely embroidered nainsook things, and put her pillows in the sun and tied up her head and swept and dusted, and when she had made everything shining, she had a bit of lunch on a tray, and then she washed her hair.