- 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
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Historical Examples of panne
- 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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