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messaline

[mes-uh-leen, mes-uh-leen] /ˌmɛs əˈlin, ˈmɛs əˌlin/
noun
1.
a thin, soft silk with a twill or satin weave.
Origin of messaline
1905-1910
Borrowed into English from French around 1905-10
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Historical Examples
  • It was of messaline silk of ivory whiteness and made with a short Empire waist and narrow, clinging skirt.

  • Dorothy smiled as she turned her back and folded the messaline dress, placing it carefully in her trunk.

    Dorothy Dale in the City Margaret Penrose
  • Mr. de Lara's latest production, 'Sanga' , does not seem to have sustained the promise of 'messaline.'

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild
British Dictionary definitions for messaline

messaline

/ˌmɛsəˈliːn; ˈmɛsəˌliːn/
noun
1.
a light lustrous twilled-silk fabric
Word Origin
C20: from French, origin obscure
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