- gossaert, jan,
- gosse, sir edmund william,
Origin of gossamer
Examples from the Web for gossamer
Why, woodcuts, penny and all, are as much lost to you as if you had invested your money in gossamer.
Toward sunset a delicate network of gossamer threads covered the open pastures like a silver mesh in which the earth lay captive.In the Open|Stanton Davis Kirkham
They are gossamer threads which we break as we go, break without feeling them if only we go boldly.Gossamer|George A. Birmingham
He had never seen such dresses as they wore, which seemed to be composed of tunics and gossamer veils of blue and red.The Mermaid|Lily Dougall
She was gowned in an evening dress of gossamer material, ashes of rose in color.Hanover; Or The Persecution of the Lowly|David Bryant Fulton
Word Origin for gossamer
c.1300, "spider threads spun in fields of stubble in late fall," apparently from gos "goose" + sumer "summer" (cf. Swedish sommertrad "summer thread"). The reference might be to a fancied resemblance of the silk to goose down, or because geese are in season then. The German equivalent mädchensommer (literally "girls' summer") also has a sense of "Indian summer," and the English word originally may have referred to a warm spell in autumn before being transferred to a phenomenon especially noticable then. Cf. obsolete Scottish go-summer "period of summer-like weather in late autumn." Meaning "anything light or flimsy" is from c.1400. The adjective sense "filmy" is attested from 1802.