or mat·e·las·se, mat·el·las·se

[ maht-luh-sey; French matuh-lah-sey ]
/ ˈmɑt ləˌseɪ; French matə lɑˈseɪ /


an embossed, compound fabric woven on a dobby or Jacquard loom.

Origin of matelassé

1880–85; < French, past participle of matelasser to quilt, derivative of matelas mattress Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for matelasse

  • Matelasse—A silk and wool or all wool brocade, usually for coats.

    Textiles and Clothing|Kate Heintz Watson

British Dictionary definitions for matelasse

/ (mætˈlæseɪ) /


(in textiles) having a raised design, as quilting; embossed

Word Origin for matelassé

C19: from French matelasser to quilt, from matelas mattress
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