[rat-n-ey; French ra-tee-ney]


a loosely woven fabric made with nubby or knotty yarns.

Also ra·ti·ne [rat-n-ey, ra-teen] /ˌræt nˈeɪ, ræˈtin/.

Origin of ratiné

1675–85; < French, past participle of ratiner to make a nap on cloth
Also called sponge cloth.
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British Dictionary definitions for ratine


rateen or ratteen ratin (ˈrætɪˌneɪ)


a coarse loosely woven cloth

Word Origin for ratine

C17: from French, from ratine, of obscure origin
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