[mes-uh-leen, mes-uh-leen]

Origin of messaline

Borrowed into English from French around 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for messaline

Historical Examples of messaline

  • It was of messaline silk of ivory whiteness and made with a short Empire waist and narrow, clinging skirt.

  • 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

  • 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


  1. a light lustrous twilled-silk fabric

Word Origin for messaline

C20: from French, origin obscure
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