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[kri-ton, kree-ton] /krɪˈtɒn, ˈkri tɒn/
a heavy cotton material in colorfully printed designs, used especially for drapery and slipcovers.
Origin of cretonne
1865-70; < French, after Creton, Norman village where it was produced Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Queen Louise was banished to the bedroom where she surveyed a world of cretonne.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • Most likely one lined with cretonne, and a French chauffeur at the wheel.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • It was really marvelous what could be done with cretonne and dotted swiss.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • Yes, his hands were behind him clutching and kneading a fold of the cretonne.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • The shelf has a cretonne cover and 'petticoat' that reaches the floor.

    A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
  • All the bedrooms are called after flowers, to match the paper and cretonne.

    Mollie's Prince

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • There were two or three basket armchairs padded in cretonne.

    The Secret Service Submarine Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Then she wouldn't use the English cretonne in the breakfast room?

    The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris
  • Why, we'd only a cellar, but they did sit on cretonne for their trying on.

    Hobson's Choice Harold Brighouse
  • But this morning the bundle of cretonne and cut-out birds and flowers was not to be seen!

    Two Little Waifs Mrs. Molesworth
British Dictionary definitions for cretonne


/krɛˈtɒn; ˈkrɛtɒn/
  1. a heavy cotton or linen fabric with a printed design, used for furnishing
  2. (as modifier): cretonne chair covers
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Creton Norman village where it originated
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cretonne

1870, from French cretonne (1723), supposedly from Creton, village in Normandy where it originally was made.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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