matelassé

or mat·e·las·se, mat·el·las·se

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

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

Nearby words

  1. matchup,
  2. matchwood,
  3. matchy-matchy,
  4. mate,
  5. mate's rates,
  6. matelot,
  7. matelote,
  8. mater,
  9. mater dolorosa,
  10. mater turrita

Origin of matelassé

1880–85; < French, past participle of matelasser to quilt, derivative of matelas mattress

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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

matelassé

/ (mætˈlæseɪ) /

adjective

(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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