[dam-uh sk]
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  1. a reversible fabric of linen, silk, cotton, or wool, woven with patterns.
  2. napery of this material.
  3. Metallurgy.
    1. Also called damask steel.Damascus steel.
    2. the pattern or wavy appearance peculiar to the surface of such steel.
  4. the pink color of the damask rose.
  1. made of or resembling damask: damask cloth.
  2. of the pink color of the damask rose.
verb (used with object)
  1. to damascene.
  2. to weave or adorn with elaborate design, as damask cloth.

Origin of damask

1200–50; Middle English damaske < Medieval Latin damascus, named after Damascus where fabrics were first made
Related formsun·dam·asked, adjective
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    1. a reversible fabric, usually silk or linen, with a pattern woven into it. It is used for table linen, curtains, etc
    2. table linen made from this
    3. (as modifier)a damask tablecloth
  1. short for Damascus steel
  2. the wavy markings on such steel
    1. the greyish-pink colour of the damask rose
    2. (as adjective)damask wallpaper
  1. (tr) another word for damascene (def. 1)

Word Origin for damask

C14: from Medieval Latin damascus, from Damascus, where this fabric was originally made
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Word Origin and History for damask

late 14c., Damaske "cloth from Damascus," the Syrian city.

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