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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
1825-35; < French organdi, of obscure origin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I ought to be sending her in a picture hat with an organdy dress and blue sash to meet Minga.

    Under the Law Edwina Stanton Babcock
  • Min was wearing an organdy plainly showing signs of service, while Landis was arrayed in a handsome gown of soft blue silk.

  • The costumes of organdy and sateen were quite as pretty as the model of silk and satin.

    Two Little Women Carolyn Wells
  • She was as proud in cambric and calico and nankeen as Harriet is to-day in white tulle and organdy.

    Around The Tea-Table T. De Witt Talmage
  • The organdy sash and flounced peplum are designed particularly for her.

  • Judy, ever visualizing, pictured herself in black with organdy collar and cuffs and a mournful, patient look.

  • Molly flushed as she glanced hastily down at her two-year-old organdy.

  • organdy's the most unserviceable stuff in the world anyhow, and I told Matthew so when he got it.

    Anne Of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • I feel that organdy leads all other materials as desirable for the graduation dress.

Word Origin and History for organdy

"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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