[jak-ahrd, juh-kahrd; French zha-kar]

noun (often initial capital letter)

a fabric with an elaborately woven pattern produced on a Jacquard loom.

Origin of jacquard

1850–55; named after J. M. Jacquard. See Jacquard loom




Jo·seph Ma·rie [zhoh-zef ma-ree] /ʒoʊˈzɛf ma ri/, 1752–1834, French inventor.
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Contemporary Examples of jacquard

  • Purple pleated skirts turned sporty thanks to flap pockets; jacquard prints enlivened wide-leg trousers.

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    October 6, 2011

Historical Examples of jacquard

British Dictionary definitions for jacquard



Also called: Jacquard weave a fabric in which the design is incorporated into the weave instead of being printed or dyed on
Also called: Jacquard loom the loom that produces this fabric

Word Origin for Jacquard

C19: named after Joseph M. Jacquard (1752–1834), French inventor
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Word Origin and History for jacquard


1841, from Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752-1834) of Lyons, inventor of new weaving technology c.1800.

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