a cotton or linen fabric of open weave used for bunting, curtains, etc.
Theater. a piece of such fabric used as a drop, border, or the like, for creating the illusion of a solid wall or backdrop under certain lighting conditions or creating a semitransparent curtain when lit from behind.

Origin of scrim

First recorded in 1785–95; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for scrim

scenery, backdrop, cloth, drop, tab

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British Dictionary definitions for scrim



an open-weave muslin or hessian fabric, used in upholstery, lining, building, and in the theatre to create the illusion of a solid wall or to suggest haziness, etc, according to the lighting

Word Origin for scrim

C18: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for scrim

"upholstery lining," 1792, of unknown origin.

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