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[jak-ahrd, juh-kahrd; French zha-kar] /ˈdʒæk ɑrd, dʒəˈkɑrd; French ʒaˈkar/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
a fabric with an elaborately woven pattern produced on a Jacquard loom.
Origin of jacquard
1850-55; named after J. M. Jacquard. See Jacquard loom


[zha-kar] /ʒaˈkær/
Joseph Marie [zhoh-zef ma-ree] /ʒoʊˈzɛf ma ri/ (Show IPA), 1752–1834, French inventor. Unabridged
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  • Jacques de Vaucanson, who died when jacquard was thirty years old, was one of the most celebrated mechanicians of France.

  • Instead of diminishing employment, the jacquard loom increased it at least tenfold.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Opposite the entrance there is a large painting by jacquard, representing the death of the duke.

    Paris: With Pen and Pencil David W. Bartlett
  • American manufacturers are using the jacquard loom, a Lyonnais invention.

    Europe from a Motor Car Russell Richardson
  • jacquard was urged by some English silk manufacturers to pass over into England and settle there.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • There isnt a power reeler or loom in the town, nor yet a loom of the jacquard type.

  • In the old part of the city is the statue of jacquard, the inventor of the silk loom.

    Europe from a Motor Car Russell Richardson
  • So pleased was he that he at once sent for jacquard to come to Paris.

  • France has a right to exemplify the jacquard in its fulness, for it is hers.

British Dictionary definitions for jacquard


/ˈdʒækɑːd; dʒəˈkɑːd; French ʒakar/
Also called Jacquard weave. a fabric in which the design is incorporated into the weave instead of being printed or dyed on
Also called Jacquard loom. the loom that produces this fabric
Word Origin
C19: named after Joseph M. Jacquard (1752–1834), French inventor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jacquard


1841, from Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752-1834) of Lyons, inventor of new weaving technology c.1800.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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