noun, plural dim·i·ties.

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

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
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Historical Examples of dimity

  • There, on a little white bed with dimity curtains, lay the form of Isobel.

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • One was cambric, one was fine lawn or nainsook, and one of dimity.

    A Little Girl in Old New York

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • It can be made of silk or of dimity at 12½ cents a yard, and need not then cost more than 15 cents.

  • I wonder if father hasn't got some other dimity in the store.

  • Betty says it'll match out her dimity, and I 'low to match Betty as long as I can.

    The Golden Bird

    Maria Thompson Daviess

British Dictionary definitions for dimity


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
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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).

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