[ rat-n-ey; French ra-tee-ney ]
/ ˌræt nˈeɪ; French ra tiˈneɪ /
a loosely woven fabric made with nubby or knotty yarns.
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Also ra·ti·ne [rat-n-ey, ra-teen]. /ˌræt nˈeɪ, ræˈtin/.
Also called sponge cloth.
Origin of ratiné
1675–85; <French, past participle of ratiner to make a nap on cloth
Words nearby ratiné
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British Dictionary definitions for ratiné
rateen or ratteen ratin (ˈrætɪˌneɪ)
/ (ræˈtiːn) /
a coarse loosely woven cloth
Word Origin for ratine
C17: from French, from ratine, of obscure origin
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