EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun the edge of woven fabric finished so as to prevent raveling, often in a narrow tape effect, different from the body of the fabric. any similar strip or part of surplus material, as at the side of wallpaper. Also called margin. . Philately the surplus paper or margin around a sheet of stamps: The number of the plate block appears in the selvage. a plate or surface through which a bolt of a lock passes. Origin of selvage 1425–75; late Middle English,
, modeled on
Middle Dutch selfegghe
Related forms sel·vaged, adjective
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Examples from the Web for selvedge Historical Examples of selvedge British Dictionary definitions for selvedge noun the finished nonfraying edge of a length of woven fabric a similar strip of material allowed in fabricating a metal or plastic article, used esp for handling components during manufacture Derived Forms selvaged, adjective Word Origin for selvage
self + edge; related to Dutch selfegghe, German Selbende
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Word Origin and History for selvedge n.
mid-15c., "edge of web or cloth so finished as to prevent raveling," apparently literally "its own edge," a corruption of
self + edge (n.); on analogy of Middle Flemish selvegge (cf. also Low German sulfegge; Dutch zelfkant, from kant "border;" Middle High German selbende, German Selbend, literally "self-end").
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