lamé

[ lah-mey, la-; French la-mey ]
/ lɑˈmeɪ, læ-; French laˈmeɪ /

noun

an ornamental fabric in which metallic threads, as of gold or silver, are woven with silk, wool, rayon, or cotton.

Origin of lamé

1920–25; < French, equivalent to lame lame2 + < Latin -ātus -ate1

Can be confused

lame lamé
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British Dictionary definitions for lamé (1 of 3)

lamé

/ (ˈlɑːmeɪ) /

noun

  1. a fabric of silk, cotton, or wool interwoven with threads of metal
  2. (as modifier)a gold lamé gown

Word Origin for lamé

from French, from Old French lame gold or silver thread, thin plate, from Latin lāmina thin plate

British Dictionary definitions for lamé (2 of 3)

lame

1
/ (leɪm) /

adjective

disabled or crippled in the legs or feet
painful or weaka lame back
weak; unconvincinga lame excuse
not effective or enthusiastica lame try
US slang conventional or uninspiring

verb

(tr) to make lame

Derived Forms

lamely, adverblameness, noun

Word Origin for lame

Old English lama; related to Old Norse lami, German lahm

British Dictionary definitions for lamé (3 of 3)

lame

2
/ (leɪm) /

noun

one of the overlapping metal plates used in armour after about 1330; splint

Word Origin for lame

C16: via Old French from Latin lāmina a thin plate, lamina
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Medicine definitions for lamé

lame

[ lām ]

adj.

Disabled so that movement, especially walking, is difficult or impossible.
Marked by pain or rigidness.

v.

To cause to become lame; cripple.
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