- a reversible fabric of linen, silk, cotton, or wool, woven with patterns.
- napery of this material.
- Also called damask steel.Damascus steel.
- the pattern or wavy appearance peculiar to the surface of such steel.
- the pink color of the damask rose.
- made of or resembling damask: damask cloth.
- damask rose.
- to damascene.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for damask
There are oversized chandeliers, lots of tufted red-velvet upholstery and some damask wallpaper.The Secret Speakeasies of Buenos Aires
February 25, 2014
We headed for the Valley of Roses, where Damask roses have been grown for hundreds of years.On Foot in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco
January 22, 2014
Take two pecks of damask rose buds, pick off the green part, and strew in the bottom of a jar a handful of large bay salt.
The lady in the private box flung her a bouquet of damask roses.The Christian
Thora is busy about her napery––the finest of Irish linen and damask.An Orkney Maid
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She went to a window, drew back the damask curtain, and gazed out.Prudy Keeping House
Only she twisted her damask napkin till it seemed as if she must tear it in pieces.Columba
- a reversible fabric, usually silk or linen, with a pattern woven into it. It is used for table linen, curtains, etc
- table linen made from this
- (as modifier)a damask tablecloth
- short for Damascus steel
- the wavy markings on such steel
- the greyish-pink colour of the damask rose
- (as adjective)damask wallpaper
- (tr) another word for damascene (def. 1)
C14: from Medieval Latin damascus, from Damascus, where this fabric was originally made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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