or cen·dal



a silk fabric in use during the Middle Ages.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sendal

thread, fiber, taffeta, tulle, mantua, samite, tussore, tussah, pongee, sendal

Examples from the Web for sendal

Historical Examples of sendal

  • And if she must have some sendal of Inde, well,—fate is inevitable.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • 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

  • Never did Owain see an assemblage so gorgeous with satin, and silk, and sendal.

    The Mabinogion

    Lady Charlotte Guest

  • We may add to these the names of Oriental materials such as Pfellel and Sendal.

    Parzival (vol. 1 of 2)

    Wolfram von Eschenback

British Dictionary definitions for sendal



a fine silk fabric used, esp in the Middle Ages, for ceremonial clothing, etc
a garment of such fabric

Word Origin for sendal

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