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[shahr-mooz, -moos; French shar-mœz]
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  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for charmeuse

Historical Examples

  • But in its effect on the shopper's nerves, charmeuse is even worse than ponge.


    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.


    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.


    Simeon Strunsky

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

British Dictionary definitions for charmeuse


  1. trademark a lightweight fabric with a satin-like finish
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