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[gi-pyoo r; French gee-pyr]
noun, plural gui·pures [gi-pyoo rz; French gee-pyr] /gɪˈpyʊərz; French giˈpür/.
  1. any of various laces, often heavy, made of linen, silk, etc., with the pattern connected by brides rather than by a net ground.
  2. any of various laces or trimmings formerly in use, made with cords or heavy threads, metal, etc.
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Origin of guipure

1835–45; < French, equivalent to guip(er) to cover or whip with silk, etc. (< Germanic; see wipe, whip) + -ure -ure
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Historical Examples of guipure

  • The walls of her bed-chamber are hung with guipure and costly satin.

    The Magnificent Montez

    Horace Wyndham

  • I have just had it from Howell and James:—guipure, they call it.

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • An upholstered armchair had at its back a triangle worked with guipure.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet

    Gustave Flaubert

  • As for the guipure, I told you that they would dye it again.

  • "Say laces and offer her some guipure," whispered Bixiou in Gazonal's ear.

    Unconscious Comedians

    Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for guipure


  1. Also called: guipure lace any of many types of heavy lace that have their pattern connected by brides, rather than supported on a net mesh
  2. a heavy corded trimming; gimp
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Word Origin for guipure

C19: from Old French guipure, from guiper to cover with cloth, of Germanic origin; see wipe, whip
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