- 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.
Origin of ciré
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Very businesslike are the shoeblacks of Algiers; they dont mind what they cire as long as they cire something.In the Land of Mosques & Minarets
- (of fabric) treated with a heat or wax process to make it smooth
- 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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Word Origin and History for cire
1921, from French ciré, literally "waxed" (12c.), from Latin cera "wax" (see cere (n.)). Often short for ciré silk.
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