[kri-ton, kree-ton]


a heavy cotton material in colorfully printed designs, used especially for drapery and slipcovers.

Origin of cretonne

1865–70; < French, after Creton, Norman village where it was produced Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cretonne

Historical Examples of cretonne

  • Queen Louise was banished to the bedroom where she surveyed a world of cretonne.


    Edna Ferber

  • Most likely one lined with cretonne, and a French chauffeur at the wheel.

    Torchy and Vee

    Sewell Ford

  • It was really marvelous what could be done with cretonne and dotted swiss.

  • Yes, his hands were behind him clutching and kneading a fold of the cretonne.

    The Riddle of the Sands

    Erskine Childers

  • The shelf has a cretonne cover and 'petticoat' that reaches the floor.

British Dictionary definitions for cretonne



  1. a heavy cotton or linen fabric with a printed design, used for furnishing
  2. (as modifier)cretonne chair covers

Word Origin for cretonne

C19: from French, from Creton Norman village where it originated
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cretonne

1870, from French cretonne (1723), supposedly from Creton, village in Normandy where it originally was made.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper