[gi-pyoo r; French gee-pyr]

noun, plural gui·pures [gi-pyoo rz; French gee-pyr] /gɪˈpyʊərz; French giˈpür/.

any of various laces, often heavy, made of linen, silk, etc., with the pattern connected by brides rather than by a net ground.
any of various laces or trimmings formerly in use, made with cords or heavy threads, metal, etc.

Origin of guipure

1835–45; < French, equivalent to guip(er) to cover or whip with silk, etc. (< Germanic; see wipe, whip) + -ure -ure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for guipure

Historical Examples of guipure

  • In every design where lace can be introduced, Guipure d'Art will be found useful.

  • These squares are used for guipure d'art and for darning on.

  • The case inside is made of cardboard, covered on both sides with blue satin, and the guipure d'art on the outside only.

  • And she advanced towards the door to meet a little old lady in a Carmelite taffeta gown and a cap of guipure with long borders.

  • The great ladies paid fifty louis a yard for guipure, and then ran carelessly through the woods with these transparent dresses.

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British Dictionary definitions for guipure



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
a heavy corded trimming; gimp

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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