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 organdy

Historical Examples of organdy

  • The costumes of organdy and sateen were quite as pretty as the model of silk and satin.

    Two Little Women

    Carolyn Wells

  • Molly flushed as she glanced hastily down at her two-year-old organdy.

  • I ought to be sending her in a picture hat with an organdy dress and blue sash to meet Minga.

    Under the Law

    Edwina Stanton Babcock

  • Organdy's the most unserviceable stuff in the world anyhow, and I told Matthew so when he got it.

    Anne Of Green Gables

    Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • Min was wearing an organdy plainly showing signs of service, while Landis was arrayed in a handsome gown of soft blue silk.

Word Origin and History for organdy

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper