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[sam-ahyt, sey-mahyt] /ˈsæm aɪt, ˈseɪ maɪt/
a heavy silk fabric, sometimes interwoven with gold, worn in the Middle Ages.
Origin of samite
1300-50; Middle English samit < Old French < Medieval Latin examitium, samitium < Greek hexámiton, neuter of hexámitos having six threads. See hexa-, mitosis Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for samite
Historical Examples
  • samite and Sendal are the two generally named in our English romances.

    Parzival (vol. 1 of 2) Wolfram von Eschenback
  • It's a word that always thrills me, "samite, mystic, wonderful."

    Life on the Stage Clara Morris
  • The palace was beautifully decorated with hangings of purple and samite.

    National Epics Kate Milner Rabb
  • samite was a silk material, of which no more is known than that it was very expensive, and had a glossy sheen, like satin.

    The White Lady of Hazelwood Emily Sarah Holt
  • Doucebelle, watching her with deep yet concealed interest, fancied she saw tears glistening on the samite.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • Such stuff, when of great thickness and value—so thick that six threads of silk or hemp were in the warf—was called ‘samite.’

    English Costume

    Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • Always the skeptic, Mallory raised a corner of the samite in order to make certain that he was not being cheated.

    A Knyght Ther Was Robert F. Young
  • With that, he unfastened the samite over-cloak he wore, and took from his neck a string of priceless pearls.

    The Great Mogul

    Louis Tracy
  • Then he caused them to rest in fair beds, covered with cloth of samite, and they slept even to the morrow without stirring.

  • And he informed the Monk of Cluny how he had lost his poniard and his scarf of blue samite.

    Under the Witches' Moon Nathan Gallizier
British Dictionary definitions for samite


/ˈsæmaɪt; ˈseɪ-/
a heavy fabric of silk, often woven with gold or silver threads, used in the Middle Ages for clothing
Word Origin
C13: from Old French samit, from Medieval Latin examitum, from Greek hexamiton, from hexamitos having six threads, from hex six + mitos a thread
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Word Origin and History for samite

type of rich silk cloth, c.1300, from Old French samit, from Medieval Latin samitum, examitum, from Medieval Greek hexamiton (source of Old Church Slavonic oksamitu, Russian aksamit "velvet"), noun use of neuter of Greek adjective hexamitos "six-threaded," from hex "six" (see six) + mitos "warp thread" (see mitre (n.)). The reason it was called this is variously explained. Obsolete c.1600; revived by Tennyson. German Sammet "velvet" is from French.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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