or or·gan·die

[awr-guh n-dee]

noun, plural or·gan·dies.

a fine, thin cotton fabric usually having a durable crisp finish, white, dyed, or printed: used for blouses, dresses, curtains, trimmings, etc.

Origin of organdy

First recorded in 1825–35, organdy is from the French word organdi, of obscure origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for organdie

Historical Examples of organdie

  • Her organdie frock was long, longer than any she had yet worn.

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris

  • Which would he like me best in, do you suppose—the white crepe or the organdie?

    The Ordeal of Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Von Arnim

  • I hope to goodness I dont ruin my organdie during chemistry.

  • Ill wear that organdie frock Jerry likes so much; the one with the yellow rosebud in it.

  • These frocks were very simple for the most part, organdie or swiss, and they were adjusted casually before the solitary mirror.

    A Daughter of the Vine

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

British Dictionary definitions for organdie


esp US organdy

noun plural -dies

a fine and slightly stiff cotton fabric used esp for dresses

Word Origin for organdie

C19: from French organdi, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for organdie



"fine transparent muslin," 1829, from French organdi "sorte de Mousseline ou toile de coton" (1725), of unknown origin. Barnhart suggests it is an alteration of Organzi, from medieval form of Urgench, city in Uzbekistan that was a cotton textile center.

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