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

Nearby words

  1. prudish,
  2. prudishly,
  3. pruinose,
  4. prune,
  5. prune-belly syndrome,
  6. prunelle,
  7. prunello,
  8. pruning,
  9. pruning hook,
  10. pruning shears

Also prunelle, pru·nel·lo [proo-nel-oh] /pruˈnɛl oʊ/.

Origin of prunella

1650–60; perhaps special use of prunelle, from the dark color of the cloth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prunella



prunelle (pruːˈnɛl) or prunello (pruːˈnɛləʊ)


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

Word Origin for prunella

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


Word Origin for prunella

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

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Word Origin and History for prunella



stout textile used for men's robes and gowns, 1650s, from French prunelle, noun use of adjective meaning "plum-colored," from prunelle, diminutive of prune "plum" (see prune (n.)).

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