[ dim-i-tee ]
/ ˈdɪm ɪ ti /

noun, plural dim·i·ties.

a thin cotton fabric, white, dyed, or printed, woven with a stripe or check of heavier yarn.

Nearby words

  1. dimissory,
  2. dimitrios i,
  3. dimitrov,
  4. dimitrov, georgi,
  5. dimitrovo,
  6. dimly,
  7. dimmer,
  8. dimorph,
  9. dimorphism,
  10. dimorphite

Origin of dimity

1400–50; earlier dimite, late Middle English demyt < Medieval Latin dimettum < Greek dímiton, noun use of neuter of dímitos double-threaded, equivalent to di- di-1 + mít(os) warp thread + -os adj. suffix; source of final syllable unclear

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dimity

British Dictionary definitions for dimity


/ (ˈdɪmɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

  1. a light strong cotton fabric with woven stripes or squares
  2. (as modifier)a dimity bonnet

Word Origin for dimity

C15: from Medieval Latin dimitum, from Greek dimiton, from di- 1 + mitos thread of the warp

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for dimity



mid-15c., from Italian dimiti, plural of dimito, a name for a kind of strong cotton cloth, from Medieval Latin dimitum, from Greek dimitos "of double thread," from di- (see di- (1)) + mitos "warp thread, thread" (see mitre).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper