[soo-tash; French soo-tash]

Origin of soutache

1855–60; < French: braid of a hussar's shako < Hungarian sujtás flat braid for trimming Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for soutache

Historical Examples of soutache

  • You are all plain one minute, and the next you are all soutache and buttons.

  • There are several kinds of braid, but the easiest to use is soutache, whether it is cotton or silk.

  • So far as they are concerned the soutache could be crimson and the yoke green, and if the price was right they'd buy it anyhow.

  • Indeed, I devoted the sole article the Yankees let fall from my two workboxes—a bunch of soutache—to the work.

    A Confederate Girl's Diary

    Sarah Margan Dawson

British Dictionary definitions for soutache


  1. a narrow braid used as a decorative trimming

Word Origin for soutache

C19: from French, from Hungarian sujtas
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