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.

Nearby words

  1. gaussmeter,
  2. gautama,
  3. gauteng,
  4. gautier,
  5. gautier, théophile,
  6. gauze weave,
  7. gauzy,
  8. gavage,
  9. gavard's muscle,
  10. gavarnie

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

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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].

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Medicine definitions for gauze




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

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