Origin of fabric

1475–85; (< Middle French fabrique) < Latin fabrica craft, especially metalworking or building, workshop. See forge1
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Contemporary Examples of fabric

Historical Examples of fabric

  • Even through the fabric of their suits he could feel her trembling.

    Pirates of the Gorm

    Nat Schachner

  • Nona was gripping his hand with a pressure that penetrated the fabric.

    Pirates of the Gorm

    Nat Schachner

  • It left in the paper an indistinct impression resembling a fabric.

  • The tale of Atlantis is the fabric of a vision, but it has never ceased to interest mankind.



  • Then all the fabric of his mother's honor would there and then tumble to the ground.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for fabric



any cloth made from yarn or fibres by weaving, knitting, felting, etc
the texture of a cloth
a structure or frameworkthe fabric of society
a style or method of construction
rare a building
the texture, arrangement, and orientation of the constituents of a rock

Word Origin for fabric

C15: from Latin fabrica workshop, from faber craftsman
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Word Origin and History for fabric

late 15c., "building, thing made," from Middle French fabrique (14c.), from Latin fabrica "workshop," also "an art, trade; a skillful production, structure, fabric," from faber "artisan who works in hard materials," from PIE *dhabh- "to fit together." Sense in English evolved via "manufactured material" (1753) to "textile" (1791).

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