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lutestring

[loot-string]
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noun
  1. a silk fabric of high sheen, formerly used in the manufacture of dresses.
  2. a narrow ribbon finished with a high gloss.
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Origin of lutestring

1655–65; by folk etymology < French lustrine < Italian lustrino. See luster1, -ine1
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Examples from the Web for lutestring

Historical Examples

  • Look 'ee, now, at this lutestring piece I got to Penzance church-town.

    Beggars on Horseback

    F. Tennyson Jesse

  • This was all of a piece with his rage at Lutestring the day before.

  • Now a new singer, and anon a new colour in lutestring, or a new style of headdress, or a new game at cards.

    Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon

  • She sent me home a lutestring nightgown of the sweetest sea-green only yesterday.

    Mohawks, Volume 2 of 3

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon

  • So that those two poor little bits of lutestring ribbon were the only outward signs of new bereavement.

    Oldfield

    Nancy Huston Banks


British Dictionary definitions for lutestring

lutestring

noun
  1. textiles a variant of lustring
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