or bat·tik

[buh-teek, bat-ik]
  1. a technique of hand-dyeing fabrics by using wax as a dye repellent to cover parts of a design, dyeing the uncovered fabric with a color or colors, and dissolving the wax in boiling water.
  2. the fabric so decorated.
verb (used with object)
  1. to hand-dye (material) using the technique of batik.

Origin of batik

First recorded in 1875–80, batik is from the Javanese word baṭik Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for batik

Historical Examples of batik

  • May sat down on the couch among the batik pillows and made a place for him beside her.


    Evelyn Scott

British Dictionary definitions for batik



    1. a process of printing fabric in which parts not to be dyed are covered by wax
    2. fabric printed in this way
    3. (as modifier)a batik shirt

Word Origin for batik

C19: via Malay from Javanese: painted
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Word Origin and History for batik

1880, from Dutch, from Malay mbatik, said to be from amba "to write" + titik "dot, point."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper