messaline

[ mes-uh-leen, mes-uh-leen ]
/ ˌmɛs əˈlin, ˈmɛs əˌlin /
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noun

a thin, soft silk with a twill or satin weave.

Nearby words

  1. message unit,
  2. messager,
  3. messaging,
  4. messalian,
  5. messalina,
  6. messan,
  7. messapian,
  8. messapic,
  9. messed up,
  10. messeigneurs

Origin of messaline

Borrowed into English from French around 1905–10

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Examples from the Web for messaline

  • Dorothy smiled as she turned her back and folded the messaline dress, placing it carefully in her trunk.

    Dorothy Dale in the City|Margaret Penrose
  • It was of messaline silk of ivory whiteness and made with a short Empire waist and narrow, clinging skirt.

  • Mr. de Lara's latest production, 'Sanga' , does not seem to have sustained the promise of 'Messaline.'

    The Opera|R.A. Streatfeild


British Dictionary definitions for messaline

messaline

/ (ˌmɛsəˈliːn, ˈmɛsəˌliːn) /

noun

a light lustrous twilled-silk fabric

Word Origin for messaline

C20: from French, origin obscure

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