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[gi-pyoo r; French gee-pyr] /gɪˈpyʊər; French giˈpür/
noun, plural guipures
[gi-pyoo rz; French gee-pyr] /gɪˈpyʊərz; French giˈpür/ (Show IPA)
any of various laces, often heavy, made of linen, silk, etc., with the pattern connected by brides rather than by a net ground.
any of various laces or trimmings formerly in use, made with cords or heavy threads, metal, etc.
Origin of guipure
1835-45; < French, equivalent to guip(er) to cover or whip with silk, etc. (< Germanic; see wipe, whip) + -ure -ure Unabridged
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  • "Say laces and offer her some guipure," whispered Bixiou in Gazonal's ear.

    Unconscious Comedians Honore de Balzac
  • The walls of her bed-chamber are hung with guipure and costly satin.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • In every design where lace can be introduced, guipure d'Art will be found useful.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • These squares are used for guipure d'art and for darning on.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • The nave Miss Ursula was present, nearly smothered in black silk and guipure.

  • M. Blanc also considers that there is but a slight transition between embroidery and guipure, which he says was the first lace.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • The great ladies paid fifty louis a yard for guipure, and then ran carelessly through the woods with these transparent dresses.

    The Conspirators Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • A particular kind of purl makes this border look very like guipure lace.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • Lucille's dress of light blue faille silk, garnished with pearls and guipure lace, was very becoming.

    The Harris-Ingram Experiment Charles E. Bolton
  • guipure lace was called intelle à cartisane in England in the sixteenth century.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
British Dictionary definitions for guipure


Also called guipure lace. any of many types of heavy lace that have their pattern connected by brides, rather than supported on a net mesh
a heavy corded trimming; gimp
Word Origin
C19: from Old French guipure, from guiper to cover with cloth, of Germanic origin; see wipe, whip
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