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or cendal

[sen-dl] /ˈsɛn dl/
a silk fabric in use during the Middle Ages.
a piece of this fabric or a garment made of it.
Origin of sendal
1175-1225; Middle English cendal < Old French, probably through dissimilation < Greek sindṓn fine linen, sindon Unabridged
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  • And if she must have some sendal of Inde, well,—fate is inevitable.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • Samite and sendal are the two generally named in our English romances.

    Parzival (vol. 1 of 2) Wolfram von Eschenback
  • The material used, in addition to sendal, was worsted, sindon and cloth of Aylsham.

    British Flags W. G. Perrin
  • Never did Owain see an assemblage so gorgeous with satin, and silk, and sendal.

    The Mabinogion Lady Charlotte Guest
  • We may add to these the names of Oriental materials such as Pfellel and sendal.

    Parzival (vol. 1 of 2) Wolfram von Eschenback
  • However, the finest samite and sendal cannot take the place of suitable furs.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • And afore him he saw a long bridge, and three pavilions stood thereon, of silk and sendal of divers hue.

  • The pavilion, with its cords of sendal and its silver hanging lamps, spun round about him.

    The Black Douglas S. R. Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for sendal


a fine silk fabric used, esp in the Middle Ages, for ceremonial clothing, etc
a garment of such fabric
Word Origin
C13: from Old French cendal, from Medieval Latin cendalum; probably related to Greek sindon fine linen
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