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nainsook

[neyn-soo k, nan-]
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noun
  1. a fine, soft-finished cotton fabric, usually white, used for lingerie and infants' wear.
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Origin of nainsook

1780–90; < Urdu, Hindi nainsukh, equivalent to nain the eye + sukh pleasure
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Examples from the Web for nainsook

Historical Examples

  • One was cambric, one was fine lawn or nainsook, and one of dimity.

    A Little Girl in Old New York

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • When small folded maps are badly torn line them throughout with Japanese tissue, jaconet or nainsook.

  • Being clothed only in nainsook, he took a severe cold, which soon resulted in febrile symptoms.

  • Slips are usually made of some very soft material such as nainsook, batiste, pearline, or sheer lawn cloth.

    The Mother and Her Child

    William S. Sadler

  • The framework and ribs were made entirely of Riga pine; the surface fabric was nainsook.

    A History of Aeronautics

    E. Charles Vivian


British Dictionary definitions for nainsook

nainsook

noun
  1. a light soft plain-weave cotton fabric, used esp for babies' wear
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Word Origin

C19: from Hindi nainsukh, literally: delight to the eye, from nain eye + sukh delight, from Sanskrit sukha
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