American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fine, plain-woven fabric made from various fibers and used especially for clothing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fine linen cloth made in Flanders and Picardy, of three different kinds or thicknesses; a kind of cambric.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Originally, cambric or lawn of fine linen; now applied also to cloth of similar texture made of cotton.
- n. a thin plain-weave cotton or linen fabric; used for shirts or dresses
- From French batiste, a form of Baptiste, of disputed origin (“according to Littré and Scheler from the alleged original maker, Baptiste of Cambray; according to others, from its use in wiping the heads of children after baptism” – OED). (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French, perhaps after Baptiste of Cambrai, 13th-century textile maker. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“According to her, the basket they had found at the office door was woven of the finest wicker and lined in batiste; Eliza's nightgown was worked with French knots and the sheets edged with Brussels lace, and topping everything was a mink coverlet, an extravagance never seen in Chile.”
“The clothing included a black-and-cream herringbone tweed blazer with purple-and- gold piping, a heritage white batiste lace-trimmed blouse, and a cedar mélange shawl collar button front cardigan, as listed on the line sheet provided for the young'uns in the front row.”
“A sweet, lacy cotton batiste "teddy" with satin ribbons threaded through to bind my waist.”
“I bought the most lovely soft, pink, floral cotton for the body of the dress and white batiste for the collar.”
“I can't think of a nicer, more feminine dress to wear for summer than one of these done in a white batiste, embroidered with colourful flowers.”
“By the way, I started sewing up HInto of History's Shawl Collar dress yesterday and became stumped with the batiste collar.”
“And when she saw his nose dripping into the bowl, she gave him the white batiste handkerchief that no one had ever used before.”
“Later, when I was meeting with Oskar Pastior so I could write about his deportation to the Soviet labor camp, he told me that an elderly Russian mother had given him a handkerchief made of white batiste.”
“Because his white batiste handkerchief was hope and fear.”
“It was a combination: consolation made of batiste, and a silk-stemmed measure of his decrepitude.”
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