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grosgrain

[groh-greyn]
noun
  1. a heavy, corded ribbon or cloth of silk or rayon.
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Origin of grosgrain

First recorded in 1865–70, grosgrain is from the French word gros grain large grain
Related formsgros·grained, adjective
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Historical Examples of grosgrain

  • She had just resumed her pen when Mrs. Grosgrain was announced.

    The Home at Greylock

    Elizabeth Prentiss

  • "We have to leave this house in a week," said Mrs. Grosgrain.

    The Home at Greylock

    Elizabeth Prentiss

  • In two bodies they were, with the grosgrain carpet and cops with clubs between.

  • Faille Francaise—A soft, lustrous silk of wider cord than grosgrain, but narrower than ottoman.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • Grosgrain—A close-woven, finely ribbed or corded silk with but little lustre.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson


British Dictionary definitions for grosgrain

grosgrain

noun
  1. a heavy ribbed silk or rayon fabric or tape for trimming clothes, etc
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Word Origin for grosgrain

C19: from French gros grain coarse grain; see gross, grain
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