ciré

[si-rey]
noun
  1. a brilliant, highly glazed surface produced on fabrics by subjecting them to a wax, heat, and calendering treatment.
  2. a double fabric having such a finish.

Origin of ciré

1920–25; < French < Latin cērātus waxed, equivalent to cēr(a) wax (see cere2) + -ātus -ate1
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ciré

adjective
  1. (of fabric) treated with a heat or wax process to make it smooth
noun
  1. such a surface on a fabric
  2. a fabric having such a surface

Word Origin for ciré

C20: French, from cirer to wax, from cire, from Latin cēra wax
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Word Origin and History for cire
adj.

1921, from French ciré, literally "waxed" (12c.), from Latin cera "wax" (see cere (n.)). Often short for ciré silk.

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