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[kur-zee] /ˈkɜr zi/
noun, plural kerseys.
a heavy overcoating of wool or wool and cotton, similar to beaver and melton.
a coarse twilled woolen cloth with a cotton warp, used especially for work clothes.
a garment made of kersey.
Origin of kersey
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; perhaps after Kersey, in Suffolk, England Unabridged
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  • The pay was small, often but a shilling a night, and occasionally a "coat of kersey."

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • "We has a bolt o' moleskin and a bolt o' kersey cloth," said Mrs. Twig.

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • She had a kersey coat, covered with girdles of wampom from the loins upward.

  • She had a kersey coat, and covered with girdles of wampum from the loins upward.

    Captivity and Restoration Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
  • Over the kersey adickey another adickey of some smooth-surfaced, strong material, preferably moleskin, should be worn.

    Packing and Portaging Dillon Wallace
  • This outside adickey should of course be just enough larger than the kersey or blanket adickey to fit over it easily.

    Packing and Portaging Dillon Wallace
  • kersey lake, the largest one of these explored by the party, empties into the Broadwater, a stream larger than Clarks Fork.

    Then and Now Robert Vaughn
  • Beaver—Similar to kersey, but with a longer nap, soft, thick nap inside.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • kersey—A heavy, closely woven cloth with a smooth face and glossy finish.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • The common burgher in his homespun breeches and kersey coat also took a part.

    Old Taverns of New York

    William Harrison Bayles
British Dictionary definitions for kersey


a smooth woollen cloth used for overcoats, etc
a twilled woollen cloth with a cotton warp
Word Origin
C14: probably from Kersey, village in Suffolk
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