torchon lace

[ tawr-shon; French tawr-shawn ]

noun
  1. a bobbin-made linen or cotton lace with loosely twisted threads in simple, open patterns.

  2. a machine-made imitation of this.

Origin of torchon lace

1
1875–80; torchon<French: duster, dishcloth, literally, something to wipe with, equivalent to torch(er) to wipe (see torch2) + -on noun suffix

Words Nearby torchon lace

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How to use torchon lace in a sentence

  • Smyrna or torchon lace is more difficult to hem or join when very open or very fine.

    Textiles and Clothing | Kate Heintz Watson
  • The machine-made linen cluny or torchon lace is attractive, suitable, and it wears well.

    Clothing and Health | Helen Kinne
  • torchon lace is also used, but is not quite so heavy as cluny.

    Clothing and Health | Helen Kinne

British Dictionary definitions for torchon lace

torchon lace

/ (ˈtɔːʃən, French tɔrʃɔ̃) /


noun
  1. a coarse linen or cotton lace with a simple openwork pattern

Origin of torchon lace

1
C19 torchon, from French: a cleaning cloth, from torcher to wipe, from Old French torche bundle of straw; see torch

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