- a cotton fabric made in various degrees of fineness and often printed, woven, or embroidered in patterns, especially a cotton fabric of plain weave, used for sheets and for a variety of other purposes.
Origin of muslin
Examples from the Web for muslin
From the Muslin Disease to chopines and fashion braces, a look at the deadliest fashion trends throughout history.Corsets, Muslin Disease, and More of the Deadly Fashion Trends
The Fashion Beast Team
April 1, 2014
Lyall provided the supporting structure, employing quarter-inch nylon boning sheathed in muslin to facilitate sewing.Big Bird’s Big Gay Love Story: From Birth to the 2012 Presidential Race
October 10, 2012
Miss Ingleside had a half-inch strip of muslin over her shoulder.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Perhaps you would like to hear about it, while you mend that tear in your muslin.The Green Satin Gown
Laura E. Richards
She had made this room of hers quite bright by hanging it with muslin curtains.The Fat and the Thin
Tie it loosely in muslin, and simmer in the milk for three-quarters of an hour; then strain.
A quarter of an hour before it is cooked, put in the brains tied in muslin.
- a fine plain-weave cotton fabric
Word Origin and History for muslin
c.1600, "delicately woven cotton fabric," from French mousseline (17c.), from Italian mussolina, from Mussolo, Italian name of Mosul, city in northern Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) where muslin was made. Like many fabric names, it has changed meaning over the years, in this case from luxurious to commonplace. In 13c. French, mosulin meant "cloth of silk and gold." The meaning "everyday cotton fabric for shirts, bedding, etc." is first attested 1872 in American English.