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

  • n. A thin, stiffly starched muslin in open plain weave.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thin muslin with an open weave once used for ball-gowns etc

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of thin, transparent muslin, used for dresses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A very thin muslin, so open in texture as to be transparent, and often rather coarse in quality. It is used for women's evening dress, for widows' caps, etc.


French tarlatane, alteration of earlier tarnatane.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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