or cen·dal

[ sen-dl ]
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  1. a silk fabric in use during the Middle Ages.

  2. a piece of this fabric or a garment made of it.

Origin of sendal

1175–1225; Middle English cendal<Old French, probably through dissimilation <Greek sindṓn fine linen, sindon

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How to use sendal in a sentence

  • Very fair they were to look upon, clad in green sendal over their white skin.

  • The pavilion, with its cords of sendal and its silver hanging lamps, spun round about him.

    The Black Douglas | S. R. Crockett
  • Samite and sendal are the two generally named in our English romances.

    Parzival (vol. 1 of 2) | Wolfram von Eschenback
  • The material used, in addition to sendal, was worsted, sindon and cloth of Aylsham.

    British Flags | W. G. Perrin
  • And afore him he saw a long bridge, and three pavilions stood thereon, of silk and sendal of divers hue.

British Dictionary definitions for sendal


/ (ˈsɛndəl) /

  1. a fine silk fabric used, esp in the Middle Ages, for ceremonial clothing, etc

  2. a garment of such fabric

Origin of sendal

C13: from Old French cendal, from Medieval Latin cendalum; probably related to Greek sindon fine linen

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