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  1. sendal.


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  1. a silk fabric in use during the Middle Ages.
  2. a piece of this fabric or a garment made of it.

Origin of sendal

1175–1225; Middle English cendal < Old French, probably through dissimilation < Greek sindṓn fine linen, sindon
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Examples from the Web for cendal

Historical Examples

  • Sandal or cendal, a silk bearing some resemblance to taffetas.

    The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)

    Anatole France

  • Cendal (Kendal) fins, the son of Norreys fins was buried June the twenty foorst, 1740.

  • Taffeta was a thin transparent textile, and was used, as well as cendal, during the Middle Ages for linings.

    Chats on Costume

    G. Woolliscroft Rhead

  • Cendal was a less costly fabric, and was also used largely in ecclesiastical vestments.

    Chats on Costume

    G. Woolliscroft Rhead

  • The squire who brought the sword returns, wraps it in a cendal, and carries it off.

British Dictionary definitions for cendal


  1. a fine silk fabric used, esp in the Middle Ages, for ceremonial clothing, etc
  2. a garment of such fabric

Word Origin

C13: from Old French cendal, from Medieval Latin cendalum; probably related to Greek sindon fine linen
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