[mwah-rey, mawr-ey, mohr-ey; French mwa-rey]
- (of silks and other fabrics) presenting a watery or wavelike appearance.
- a design pressed on silk, rayon, etc., by engraved rollers.
- any silk, rayon, etc., fabric with a watery or wavelike appearance.
- Printing. an interference pattern of dots appearing in the print of process color.
Origin of moiré
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- having a watered or wavelike pattern
- such a pattern, impressed on fabrics by means of engraved rollers
- any fabric having such a pattern; moire
- Also: moiré pattern a pattern seen when two geometrical patterns, such as grids, are visually superimposed
C17: from French, from moire mohair
- a fabric, usually silk, having a watered effect
C17: from French, earlier mouaire, from mohair
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Word Origin and History for moiré
"watered silk," 1650s, from French moire (17c.); see mohair. As an adjective, moiré "having the appearance of watered silk," it is attested from 1823.
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