sarcenet

or sarse·net, sars·net

[sahrs-nit]

Origin of sarcenet

1425–75; late Middle English sarsenet < Anglo-French sarzinet, probably equivalent to sarzin- Saracen + -et -et
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Examples from the Web for sarcenet

Historical Examples of sarcenet

  • I answerde 'Sarcenet' by cause of the lest coste to helpe it forward.

    Chats on Costume

    G. Woolliscroft Rhead

  • "I've laid by a pretty piece of sarcenet of which to make you a capuchin," she said promptly.

    Audrey

    Mary Johnston

  • Sarcenet was in those days "a fine soft silk," the word being "probably derived from 'Saracen.'"

    Abigail Adams and Her Times

    Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards

  • Here the Admiralty clerks wife had a mind to a petticoat of sarcenet bordered with black lace, and probably purchased it.

    Haunted London

    Walter Thornbury

  • After the usual compliments, I gave her the two pieces of sarcenet she had commissioned me to get.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt


British Dictionary definitions for sarcenet

sarcenet

sarsenet

noun
  1. a fine soft silk fabric formerly from Italy and used for clothing, ribbons, etc

Word Origin for sarcenet

C15: from Old French sarzinet, from Sarrazin Saracen
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