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moire

[mwahr, mawr, mohr]
noun
  1. any moiré fabric.
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Origin of moire

1650–60; < French < English mohair

moiré

[mwah-rey, mawr-ey, mohr-ey; French mwa-rey]
adjective
  1. (of silks and other fabrics) presenting a watery or wavelike appearance.
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noun
  1. a design pressed on silk, rayon, etc., by engraved rollers.
  2. any silk, rayon, etc., fabric with a watery or wavelike appearance.
  3. Printing. an interference pattern of dots appearing in the print of process color.
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Origin of moiré

From French, dating back to 1810–20; see origin at moire, -ee
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British Dictionary definitions for moire

moire

noun
  1. a fabric, usually silk, having a watered effect
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Word Origin for moire

C17: from French, earlier mouaire, from mohair

moiré

adjective
  1. having a watered or wavelike pattern
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noun
  1. such a pattern, impressed on fabrics by means of engraved rollers
  2. any fabric having such a pattern; moire
  3. Also: moiré pattern a pattern seen when two geometrical patterns, such as grids, are visually superimposed
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Word Origin for moiré

C17: from French, from moire mohair
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Word Origin and History for moire

n.

"watered silk," 1650s, from French moire (17c.); see mohair. As an adjective, moiré "having the appearance of watered silk," it is attested from 1823.

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