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[pan] /pæn/
a soft, lustrous, lightweight velvet with flattened pile.
Origin of panne
1785-95; < French, Old French, variant of pen(n)e, equivalent to Medieval Latin panna, penna skin, fur, apparently special use of Latin penna feather; compare Middle High German federe kind of fur Unabridged
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  • Corn-blue chiffon and panne velvet are not much worn in Fourteenth Street.

    New Faces Myra Kelly
  • At the present time the choir is hung with a series of curtains of panne—not tapestries in this case.

British Dictionary definitions for panne


a lightweight velvet fabric
Word Origin
C19: via Old French, from Latin pinna wing, feather
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Word Origin and History for panne

1794, from French panne "soft material, plush" (15c.), earlier penne (13c.), of unknown origin; perhaps from Latin penna "feather" (see pen (n.1)).

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