[ pan ]
/ pæn /


a soft, lustrous, lightweight velvet with flattened pile.

Origin of panne

1785–95; < French, Old French, variant of pen(n)e, equivalent to Medieval Latin panna, penna skin, fur, apparently special use of Latin penna feather; compare Middle High German federe kind of fur Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for panne

  • Corn-blue chiffon and panne velvet are not much worn in Fourteenth Street.

    New Faces|Myra Kelly
  • At the present time the choir is hung with a series of curtains of panne—not tapestries in this case.

British Dictionary definitions for panne


/ (pæn) /


a lightweight velvet fabric

Word Origin for panne

C19: via Old French, from Latin pinna wing, feather
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Word Origin and History for panne



1794, from French panne "soft material, plush" (15c.), earlier penne (13c.), of unknown origin; perhaps from Latin penna "feather" (see pen (n.1)).

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