Dictionary.com

samite

[ sam-ahyt, sey-mahyt ]
/ ˈsæm aɪt, ˈseɪ maɪt /
Save This Word!

noun

a heavy silk fabric, sometimes interwoven with gold, worn in the Middle Ages.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!

Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of samite

1300–50; Middle English samit<Old French <Medieval Latin examitium,samitium<Greek hexámiton, neuter of hexámitos having six threads. See hexa-, mitosis
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for samite

samite
/ (ˈsæmaɪt, ˈseɪ-) /

noun

a heavy fabric of silk, often woven with gold or silver threads, used in the Middle Ages for clothing
C13: from Old French samit, from Medieval Latin examitum, from Greek hexamiton, from hexamitos having six threads, from hex six + mitos a thread
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
What's This Word?