[ dam-uh sk ]
/ ˈdæm əsk /



made of or resembling damask: damask cloth.
of the pink color of the damask rose.

verb (used with object)

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

Related forms

un·dam·asked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for damask


/ (ˈdæməsk) /


  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
short for Damascus steel
the wavy markings on such steel
  1. the greyish-pink colour of the damask rose
  2. (as adjective)damask wallpaper


(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C14: from Medieval Latin damascus, from Damascus, where this fabric was originally made
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