Origin of moreen

1685–95; mor- (perhaps variant of moire) + (velvet)een Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for moreen

Historical Examples of moreen

  • The design or marking of moreen is different on every piece.


    William H. Dooley

  • Moreen is a woolen or mixed fabric to which the same process has been applied.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • Moire—The water effect produced on silk, moreen, and like fabrics.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • Moreen lay, sleepless, wide-eyed, staring up at the roof of the tent.

  • Moreen sat up, shaking off something of the lassitude which possessed her.

British Dictionary definitions for moreen


  1. a heavy, usually watered, fabric of wool or wool and cotton, used esp in furnishing

Word Origin for moreen

C17: perhaps from moire, influenced by velveteen
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