[ proo-nel-uh ]

  1. a strong, lightweight worsted constructed in a twill weave, used in the manufacture of women's and children's apparel.

  2. a smooth-faced fabric made of mixed fibers or wool, formerly used in the manufacture of women's dresses and of robes for clerics, scholars, and lawyers.

Origin of prunella

1650–60; perhaps special use of prunelle, from the dark color of the cloth
  • Also prunelle, pru·nel·lo [proo-nel-oh]. /pruˈnɛl oʊ/.

Words Nearby prunella Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use prunella in a sentence

  • And hark you, sir, never care three straws for praise or blame,—leather and prunella!

    The Caxtons, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • A little aristocrat she was, from the poise of her golden head to the tip of her prunella boots.

  • Higher, higher yet flames the Fire-Sea; crackling with new dislocated timber; hissing with leather and prunella.

    The French Revolution | Thomas Carlyle
  • One day she called prunella to her, and said: 'Take this basket, go to the well, and bring it back to me filled with water.

  • prunella did it quite innocently, not knowing that she was doing wrong in taking the fruit that hung close to the roadside.

British Dictionary definitions for prunella (1 of 2)


prunelle (pruːˈnɛl) or prunello (pruːˈnɛləʊ)

/ (pruːˈnɛlə) /

  1. a strong fabric, esp a twill-weave worsted, used for gowns and the uppers of some shoes

Origin of prunella

C17: perhaps from prunelle, with reference to the colour of the cloth

British Dictionary definitions for prunella (2 of 2)


/ (pruːˈnɛlə) /


Origin of prunella

New Latin, altered from brunella, from German Braüne quinsy, which it was thought to cure

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