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delaine

[duh-leyn] /dəˈleɪn/
noun
1.
(initial capital letter) Delaine Merino.
2.
a high-quality wool of combing length often used in worsteds.
3.
a high-grade worsted dress goods formerly in use.
Origin of delaine
1830-1840
1830-40; < French (mousseline) de laine (muslin) of wool
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  • delaine, knocking at his door in the morning, had found him flown.

    Lady Merton, Colonist Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • "I am afraid what I have to say will be disagreeable to you," began delaine, abruptly.

    Lady Merton, Colonist Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • delaine could see in the failing light that Anderson had grown pale.

    Lady Merton, Colonist Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • "I have only done my duty," argued delaine with himself as he returned to the hotel.

    Lady Merton, Colonist Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • First of all there was the Englishman--delaine--and the letter that must be written him.

    Lady Merton, Colonist Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • It was of a different variety from delaine's, but not a whit less clamorous.

    Lady Merton, Colonist Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • If it humiliated him to feel himself in delaine's power, he must bear it.

    Lady Merton, Colonist Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • On these excursions delaine generally accompanied her; and she bore it well.

    Lady Merton, Colonist Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • She hesitated--and yielded; making a show of asking delaine to come with them.

    Lady Merton, Colonist Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • delaine tried to persuade Elizabeth to return to the car--in vain.

    Lady Merton, Colonist Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for delaine

delaine

/dəˈleɪn/
noun
1.
a sheer wool or wool and cotton fabric
Word Origin
C19: from French mousseline de laine muslin of wool
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