[grog-ruh m]

Origin of grogram

From the Middle French word gros grain, dating back to 1555–65. See grosgrain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of grogram

  • Time had stiffened, not softened, both her grogram and her prejudices.

    Clare Avery

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • Grogram was an old butler who had been in the old Earl's service for thirty years.

    Lady Anna

    Anthony Trollope

  • I believe Mr. Harris in Spittlefields (of whom I had the last) will let you have the grogram as good and cheap as anybody.

  • In truth, he thought she looked very pretty in it, better than in grogram or in linsey-woolsey, although at double the cost.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • He stood opposite to Amy for some moments, then said, with a smile, 'I was wrong about the grogram.

    The Heir of Redclyffe

    Charlotte M. Yonge

British Dictionary definitions for grogram


  1. a coarse fabric of silk, wool, or silk mixed with wool or mohair, often stiffened with gum, formerly used for clothing

Word Origin for grogram

C16: from French gros grain coarse grain; see grosgrain
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Word Origin and History for grogram

1560s, from Middle French gros grain "coarse grain or texture;" see gross + grain (n.).

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