deckle edge

  1. the irregular, untrimmed edge of handmade paper, often used for ornamental effect in fine books and stationery, now often produced artificially on machine-made paper.

Origin of deckle edge

First recorded in 1870–75

Words Nearby deckle edge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use deckle edge in a sentence

  • So far has this craze gone, that machine-made paper is often put through an extra process to give it a sham deckle edge.

  • Printed on the finest deckle edge paper and bound in the best silk finished cloth, with frontispiece and rubricated title page.

    The Wide, Wide World | Susan Warner
  • Handsomely bound in cloth, gilt tops, and printed on old Chester antique deckle edge paper.

    The Wide, Wide World | Susan Warner
  • The paper for the series will be specially made, deckle edge, with wide margins for readers' and students' notes.

    Life of Robert Browning | William Sharp
  • It is hard to turn to the page you want, with the deckle edge you now have.

British Dictionary definitions for deckle edge

deckle edge

  1. the rough edge of handmade paper, caused by pulp seeping between the mould and the deckle: often left as ornamentation in fine books and writing papers

  2. a trimmed edge imitating this

Derived forms of deckle edge

  • deckle-edged, adjective

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