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  1. a heavy, coarse fabric made of cotton or mixed fibers and often resembling wool, used in the manufacture of work clothes.
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Origin of cottonade

From the French word cotonnade, dating back to 1795–1805. See cotton, -ade1
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Historical Examples of cottonade

  • He, too, was clad in cottonade and linen—though that was not the reason for my declining his offer.

    The Quadroon

    Mayne Reid

  • Cottonade—Stout cotton cloth in imitation of woolen or worsted; used for men's trousers.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • With these were some half-dozen Creole-Frenchmen of the poorer class of proprietaires, weavers of cottonade, or small planters.

    The Quadroon

    Mayne Reid

  • Here you've got to have a three-ply, doubled and twisted introduction before you can smile even at cottonade.

    The Jucklins

    Opie Read

  • Cottonade pantaloons, stuffed into a pair of dirty boots, and a vareuse of the same stuff made up his dress.

    Strange True Stories of Louisiana

    George Washington Cable

British Dictionary definitions for cottonade


  1. a coarse fabric of cotton or mixed fibres, used for work clothes, etc
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Word Origin for cottonade

C19: from French cotonnade, from coton cotton + -ade
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