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  1. a strip of pleated lace, net, muslin, or other material for trimming or finishing a dress, as at the collar or sleeves.
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Origin of ruche

1820–30; < French: literally, beehive < Gallo-Romance *rūsca bark, apparently < Gaulish; compare Welsh rhisg(l) bark, rind
Related formsruched, adjectiveruch·ing, noun
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Related Words for ruche

pleat, curl, crimp, knit, bend, tuck, gather, ruffle, crease, plait, flounce, flute, kilt, layer, convolution, corrugation, cockle, gathering, ridge, overlap

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British Dictionary definitions for ruche



  1. a strip of pleated or frilled lawn, lace, etc, used to decorate blouses, dresses, etc, or worn around the neck like a small ruff as in the 16th century
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Word Origin for ruche

C19: from French, literally: beehive, from Medieval Latin rūsca bark of a tree, of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for ruche


"frill," 1827, from French ruche, literally "beehive" (13c.), of Celtic origin (cf. Breton rusken), from Proto-Celtic *rusca "bark." Related: Ruched; ruching.

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