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


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


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Origin of messaline

Borrowed into English from French around 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences 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

/ (ˌmɛsəˈliːn, ˈmɛsəˌliːn) /


a light lustrous twilled-silk fabric

Word Origin for messaline

C20: from French, origin obscure
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