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or organdie

[awr-guh n-dee] /ˈɔr gən di/
noun, plural organdies.
a fine, thin cotton fabric usually having a durable crisp finish, white, dyed, or printed: used for blouses, dresses, curtains, trimmings, etc.
Origin of organdy
First recorded in 1825-35, organdy is from the French word organdi, of obscure origin Unabridged
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  • Ill wear that organdie frock Jerry likes so much; the one with the yellow rosebud in it.

  • Her organdie frock was long, longer than any she had yet worn.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • organdie seems to be the material best suited for the garden-party frock.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2 Lillian Eichler Watson
  • I hope to goodness I dont ruin my organdie during chemistry.

  • Nothing more was said that week about the organdie, or the wedding, or the Forbes's party.

  • These frocks were very simple for the most part, organdie or swiss, and they were adjusted casually before the solitary mirror.

    A Daughter of the Vine Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • organdie or taffeta silk will stay rolled into place without the tie wire.

    Make Your Own Hats Gene Allen Martin
  • Her mother was in organdie with great balloon sleeves, and her hair in a Psyche knot.

    The Tin Soldier Temple Bailey
  • An organdie may be defined as a fine, translucent muslin used exclusively for dress goods.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • Elise had on a childish one-piece pink frock, with sleeves above the elbow, and an organdie sash.

    The Gay Cockade Temple Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for organdie


noun (pl) -dies
a fine and slightly stiff cotton fabric used esp for dresses
Word Origin
C19: from French organdi, of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for organdie



"fine transparent muslin," 1829, from French organdi "sorte de Mousseline ou toile de coton" (1725), of unknown origin. Barnhart suggests it is an alteration of Organzi, from medieval form of Urgench, city in Uzbekistan that was a cotton textile center.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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