an embossed or quilted fabric.Compare matelassé.


having a small, irregular pattern or figured motif woven into a fabric to give a puckered or quilted effect.

Also clo·qué, cloky.

Origin of cloque

1945–50; < French: cloqué embossed, blistered, equivalent to dialectal French (Picard) cloque bell, blister (see cloak) + < Latin -ātus -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cloque



  1. a fabric with an embossed surface
  2. (as modifier)a cloqué dress

Word Origin for cloqué

from French, literally: blistered
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