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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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Examples from the Web for guipure
Historical Examples
  • The walls of her bed-chamber are hung with guipure and costly satin.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • I have just had it from Howell and James:—guipure, they call it.

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • An upholstered armchair had at its back a triangle worked with guipure.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert
  • As for the guipure, I told you that they would dye it again.

    Sentimental Education Vol 1 Gustave Flaubert
  • "Say laces and offer her some guipure," whispered Bixiou in Gazonal's ear.

    Unconscious Comedians Honore de Balzac
  • Honiton guipure is now the chief form of lace made at that town.

    Lace, Its Origin and History Samuel L. Goldenberg
  • These squares are used for guipure d'art and for darning on.

    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
  • Then he called her back to show her three yards of guipure that he had lately picked up "at a sale."

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • And, more ready than a juggler, he wrapped up the guipure in some blue paper and put it in Emma's hands.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
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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