moire

[mwahr, mawr, mohr]
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noun

any moiré fabric.

Nearby words

  1. moidore,
  2. moiety,
  3. moil,
  4. moira,
  5. moirai,
  6. moiré,
  7. moiré effect,
  8. moiseivich,
  9. moiseyev,
  10. moism

Origin of moire

1650–60; < French < English mohair

moiré

[mwah-rey, mawr-ey, mohr-ey; French mwa-rey]

adjective

(of silks and other fabrics) presenting a watery or wavelike appearance.

noun

a design pressed on silk, rayon, etc., by engraved rollers.
any silk, rayon, etc., fabric with a watery or wavelike appearance.
Printing. an interference pattern of dots appearing in the print of process color.

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

a fabric, usually silk, having a watered effect

Word Origin for moire

C17: from French, earlier mouaire, from mohair

moiré

adjective

having a watered or wavelike pattern

noun

such a pattern, impressed on fabrics by means of engraved rollers
any fabric having such a pattern; moire
Also: moiré pattern a pattern seen when two geometrical patterns, such as grids, are visually superimposed

Word Origin for moiré

C17: from French, from moire mohair

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Word Origin and History for moire

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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