ciré

[ si-rey ]
/ sɪˈreɪ /

noun

a brilliant, highly glazed surface produced on fabrics by subjecting them to a wax, heat, and calendering treatment.
a double fabric having such a finish.

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Origin of ciré

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

ciré
/ (ˈsɪəreɪ) /

adjective

(of fabric) treated with a heat or wax process to make it smooth

noun

such a surface on a fabric
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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