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[muh-reen] /məˈrin/
a heavy fabric of wool, or wool and cotton, with a ribbed face and a moiré finish, used for curtains, petticoats, etc.
Origin of moreen
1685-95; mor- (perhaps variant of moire) + (velvet)een Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The design or marking of moreen is different on every piece.


    William H. Dooley
  • Moire—The water effect produced on silk, moreen, and like fabrics.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • moreen is a woolen or mixed fabric to which the same process has been applied.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • He spun around upon his heel and stepped to the tent where moreen was.

  • moreen lay, sleepless, wide-eyed, staring up at the roof of the tent.

  • moreen sat up, shaking off something of the lassitude which possessed her.

  • moreen rose to her feet and followed the man out of the tent.

  • It was Ramsa Lal who spoke; he supported moreen with his arm.

  • Mr. moreen, as the parent bird, sought sustenance for the nest.

    The Pupil Henry James
  • Mrs. moreen tapped her undressed arm with her folded bank-note.

    The Pupil Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for moreen


a heavy, usually watered, fabric of wool or wool and cotton, used esp in furnishing
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from moire, influenced by velveteen
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