American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fabric having a crosswise ribbed effect made of silk, wool, or synthetic fibers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fine, corded dress-fabric for women's wear. It has a silk warp and a worsted weft. The latter is so introduced as to form a cord, though entirely concealed on both surfaces by the silk warp.
- From French bengaline, from its resemblance to a kind of fabric imported from Bengal. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Bengale, Bengal. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A crosswise-ribbed fabric similar to faille or bengaline but with heavier ribs.”
“The same weave is also found in all-silk goods, under the designation of all-silk bengaline.”
“When cheapened by the use of a cotton weft in place of wool the fabric is known as cotton bengaline, although the cotton is in the filling only.”
“Mrs. Wilson honored the occasion by appearing in her wedding dress, an exceedingly rich affair of bengaline silk and chiffon.”
“Miss Evans who, with her tall, slender figure, dark complexion and rich, black hair is always spoken of as a "particularly striking-looking girl," looked a picture in her white bengaline gown; she was attended by two bridesmaids, Miss Marion Shadd and Miss Elizabeth Cook, both of Washington, and the ceremony was performed by Rev. Francis J. Grinke.”
“She 's feelin 'worse than ever over Lucy's decidin' to be married at home on account o 'the blue bengaline.”
“The blue bengaline 's very handsome 'n' I never see a prettier arrangement of beads 'n' fringe, but every one says too much of Lucy shows at the top 'n' bottom to even be romantic.”
“I have consulted my dressmaker, Madame le Rouge, and she suggests white bengaline, simply made and suitable to a young girl.”
“Why, Addy Phillips wouldn't order that crushed strawberry bengaline of hers till Mrs. Watson saw the sample, and -- But girls had their own ideas, and were bound to carry them out, Ellen always said so, and for her part she knew her duty and meant to do it!”
“Again, I used the apple green bengaline tablecloth.”
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