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[shahr-mooz, -moos; French shar-mœz] /ʃɑrˈmuz, -ˈmus; French ʃarˈmœz/
a soft, lightweight, drapable fabric of silk or synthetic fibers, having a semilustrous satin face and a dull back.
Origin of charmeuse
First recorded in 1905-10; formerly trademark Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for charmeuse
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  • But in its effect on the shopper's nerves, charmeuse is even worse than ponge.

    Post-Impressions Simeon Strunsky
  • Teresa,” said the widow beaming, “will look beautiful in charmeuse!

    Lady Cassandra Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
  • charmeuse is a shimmering, silk-like material which lends itself admirably to summer wear, because it stains easily.

    Post-Impressions Simeon Strunsky
  • In fact, as a preparation for a summer's reading, I don't know what is more exhausting than charmeuse, unless it be crpe de Chine.

    Post-Impressions Simeon Strunsky
  • I believe our charmeuse, ninons and crêpe-de-Chines to be unrivalled in town, Sir.

British Dictionary definitions for charmeuse


/ʃɑːˈmuːz; French ʃarmøz/
trademark a lightweight fabric with a satin-like finish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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