American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A heavy unglazed cotton, linen, or rayon fabric, colorfully printed and used for draperies and slipcovers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cotton cloth with various textures of surface, printed on one side with patterns, usually in colors, and used for curtains, covering furniture, etc. It is customary to denote by this term stuffs that have an unglazed surface. Compare
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A strong white fabric with warp of hemp and weft of flax.
- n. A fabric with cotton warp and woolen weft.
- n. A kind of chintz with a glossy surface.
- n. an unglazed heavy fabric; brightly printed; used for slipcovers and draperies
- From Creton, a village in Normandy. (Wiktionary)
- After Creton, a village of northwest France. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And see here, Pa, "stooping to pick up a piece of cretonne from the rubbish on the floor –" this has been a paper holder – there's beads sewed on it around the flowers; and do you see yon little shelf?”
“The faded cretonne curtains faintly patterned with overblown roses and daffodils unseasonably intertwined were pulled back to show an inland view of the far Pur-beck hills.”
“A mean window with a dingy cretonne curtain, a single bed still made-up with sheets and blankets but with the counterpane pulled taut over the single lumpy pillow; books lining two walls; a small bedside table with a shoddy lamp; a Bible; a cumber - some and gaudily decorated china ashtray bearing an advertisement for beer.”
““Delight Higgins,” Slyly Silas said as he pushed aside the dusty yellow cretonne curtain that separated his business from his house and entered the office.”
“About her was the clothy exuberance of a Blodgett College room: cretonne-covered window-seat, photographs of girls, a carbon print of the Coliseum,”
“She stored the bed in the attic; replaced it by a cot which, with a denim cover, made a couch by day; put in a dressing-table, a rocker transformed by a cretonne cover; had Miles”
“She noted with tenderness all the makeshifts: the darned chair-arms, the patent rocker covered with sleazy cretonne, the pasted strips of paper mending the birch-bark napkin-rings labeled “Papa” and”
“I love you more than all the flannelette and calico, candlewick, dimity, crash and merino, tussore, cretonne, crepon, muslin, poplin, ticking and twill in the whole Cloth Hall of the world.”
“The hangings were of Rouen cretonne imitating old Normandy chintz, and the Louis XV. design — a shepherdess, in a medallion held in the beaks of a pair of doves — gave the walls, curtains, bed, and arm-chairs a festive, rustic style that was extremely pretty!”
“The rooms were hideously low-pitched, and, what was stupider than anything, the windows, the doors, the furniture, all were hung or draped with cretonne, good French cretonne, and decorated with festoons; but this made the room twice as dark and more than ever like the inside of a travelling-coach.”
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