any thin and often transparent fabric made from any fiber in a plain or leno weave.
a surgical dressing of loosely woven cotton.
any material made of an open, meshlike weave, as of wire.
a thin haze.

Origin of gauze

First recorded in 1555–65, gauze is from the French word gaze < ?
Related formsgauze·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gauze

Contemporary Examples of gauze

  • The more we try to look through the gauze, the more it all begins to look like gauze.

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    A Novel Nearly Impossible to Review

    Nicholas Mancusi

    December 28, 2014

  • Using tape and gauze, he then tried to plug the holes in that leg.

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    David Eisler, Jake Tapper

    August 31, 2013

  • Put the bandages and gauze away, and get ready to enjoy oysters for their ease rather than their challenge.

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Historical Examples of gauze

British Dictionary definitions for gauze



  1. a transparent cloth of loose plain or leno weave
  2. (as modifier)a gauze veil
a surgical dressing of muslin or similar material
any thin openwork material, such as wire
a fine mist or haze

Word Origin for gauze

C16: from French gaze, perhaps from Gaza, where it was believed to originate
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Word Origin and History for gauze

1560s, gais, from French gaze, conjectured to be from Arabic gazz "raw silk" [Barnhart], or from Gaza, Palestinian city associated with production of this fabric [Klein, Du Cagne].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

gauze in Medicine




A bleached, woven cotton cloth, used for dressings, bandages, and absorbent sponges.
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