or sarse·net, sars·net



a fine, soft fabric, often of silk, made in plain or twill weave and used especially for linings.

Origin of sarcenet

1425–75; late Middle English sarsenet < Anglo-French sarzinet, probably equivalent to sarzin- Saracen + -et -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.


    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




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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