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or sarse·net, sars·net

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  1. a fine, soft fabric, often of silk, made in plain or twill weave and used especially for linings.

Origin of sarcenet

1425–75; late Middle English sarsenet < Anglo-French sarzinet, probably equivalent to sarzin- Saracen + -et -et


or sars·net

  1. sarcenet.
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Examples from the Web for sarsnet

Historical Examples

  • If sarsinesshe can be taken as a sb., it may refer to sarsnet.

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  • Thy carelessness, Sarsnet, has exposed me, I am lost and ruin'd.

  • Dear Mrs. Sarsnet, how am I oblig'd to thee for thy services: thou hast made me happy beyond expression.

  • A very prudent young woman this Sarsnet; she was undoubtedly a good and faithful friend in your solitude.

  • Our good curate bequeaths to "Sir Thomas Benson" his sarsnet tippet, clearly from its superior stuff, the best that he had.

British Dictionary definitions for sarsnet


  1. a variant spelling of sarcenet



  1. a fine soft silk fabric formerly from Italy and used for clothing, ribbons, etc

Word Origin

C15: from Old French sarzinet, from Sarrazin Saracen
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