- a heavy overcoating of wool or wool and cotton, similar to beaver and melton.
- a coarse twilled woolen cloth with a cotton warp, used especially for work clothes.
- a garment made of kersey.
Origin of kersey
1400–50; late Middle English; perhaps after Kersey, in Suffolk, England
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Examples from the Web for kersey
The pay was small, often but a shilling a night, and occasionally a "coat of kersey."Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
"We has a bolt o' moleskin and a bolt o' kersey cloth," said Mrs. Twig.Left on the Labrador
She had a kersey coat, covered with girdles of wampom from the loins upward.Captives Among the Indians
She had a kersey coat, and covered with girdles of wampum from the loins upward.Captivity and Restoration
Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
Over the kersey adickey another adickey of some smooth-surfaced, strong material, preferably moleskin, should be worn.Packing and Portaging
- a smooth woollen cloth used for overcoats, etc
- a twilled woollen cloth with a cotton warp
C14: probably from Kersey, village in Suffolk
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