[ duh-leyn ]

  1. (initial capital letter) Delaine Merino.

  2. a high-quality wool of combing length often used in worsteds.

  1. a high-grade worsted dress goods formerly in use.

Origin of delaine

1830–40; <French (mousseline) de laine (muslin) of wool

Words Nearby delaine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use delaine in a sentence

  • She bought herself three new dresses; a neat gingham for morning wear, a delaine for afternoons, and something nicer for best.

  • The bride, who was a beautiful girl, wore a delaine dress of light and dark blue with a large white lace fichu.

  • They also very much admired my mother's delaine dress which was of triangles in blue, red, black and white.

  • All wool challis does not differ essentially from the old-fashioned muslin delaine.

    Textiles | William H. Dooley
  • In fact she was more than ever pleased with her new gray delaine dress with its long full skirt.

    Susan B. Anthony | Alma Lutz

British Dictionary definitions for delaine


/ (dəˈleɪn) /

  1. a sheer wool or wool and cotton fabric

Origin of delaine

C19: from French mousseline de laine muslin of wool

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