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grosgrain

[groh-greyn] /ˈgroʊˌgreɪn/
noun
1.
a heavy, corded ribbon or cloth of silk or rayon.
Origin of grosgrain
1865-1870
First recorded in 1865-70, grosgrain is from the French word gros grain large grain
Related forms
grosgrained, adjective
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  • She had just resumed her pen when Mrs. grosgrain was announced.

    The Home at Greylock Elizabeth Prentiss
  • "We have to leave this house in a week," said Mrs. grosgrain.

    The Home at Greylock Elizabeth Prentiss
  • In two bodies they were, with the grosgrain carpet and cops with clubs between.

  • Faille Francaise—A soft, lustrous silk of wider cord than grosgrain, but narrower than ottoman.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • grosgrain—A close-woven, finely ribbed or corded silk with but little lustre.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • "Proud, indeed," thought Mrs. grosgrain, who did not comprehend the vigorous character described.

    The Home at Greylock Elizabeth Prentiss
  • During this soliloquy, Mrs. Grey had gone on talking, but Mrs. grosgrain had not heard a word, and now took leave.

    The Home at Greylock Elizabeth Prentiss
  • On arriving at Mrs. grosgrain's ostentatious residence, they were informed that the ladies were all engaged.

    The Home at Greylock Elizabeth Prentiss
  • Meanwhile, Mrs. Grey received a note from Mrs. grosgrain, imploring her to come to her as soon as possible next morning.

    The Home at Greylock Elizabeth Prentiss
  • "I had a little money hid away," said Mrs. grosgrain, brightening up.

    The Home at Greylock Elizabeth Prentiss
British Dictionary definitions for grosgrain

grosgrain

/ˈɡrəʊˌɡreɪn/
noun
1.
a heavy ribbed silk or rayon fabric or tape for trimming clothes, etc
Word Origin
C19: from French gros grain coarse grain; see gross, grain
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