from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A closely woven silk or rayon fabric with narrow horizontal ribs.
  • n. A ribbon made of this fabric.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A silk fabric having narrow, horizontal ribs.
  • n. A close-woven fabric (usually made from silk or rayon) having narrow horizontal ribs.
  • n. A ribbon made of this fabric.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of a coarse texture; -- applied to silk with a heavy thread running crosswise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stout corded silk stuff, not very lustrous, and one of the most durable of silk fabrics.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a silk or silklike fabric with crosswise ribs


French gros grain, coarse texture : gros, coarse, thick (from Old French; see gross) + grain, texture, grain (from Old French graine, grain, seed; see grain).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French gros-grain. (Wiktionary)


  • a century, no girl of Virginia's class had married in Dinwiddie without the crowning benediction of a black silk gown, and ever since the announcement of Virginia's betrothal her mother had cramped her small economies in order that she might buy "grosgrain" of the best quality.


  • Brooks Brothers also designed belts in grosgrain and suede that are color-coordinated with the shoes, taking the what-goes-with-this question off the table.

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  • Planned grosgrain ribbon inside the hem made the "tennis tail"—a longer back shirttail for easy tucking—curl up.

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  • I plan to get a narrow grosgrain ribbon of this type and make ties for this dress.

    The Colorful Garments Painted by Eugene de Blaas (1815-1894)

  • This fabric had matching grosgrain ribbon, so I bought a roll of it and just tied it in my hair over an elastic band.

    The Colorful Garments Painted by Eugene de Blaas (1815-1894)

  • I gently unbound the grosgrain ribbon and stripped away the thin tissue.

    Exit the Actress

  • Teddy reported that the king wore lavish lace cuffs, a long, narrow rhubarb-pink-striped waistcoat, high-heeled court shoes with wired grosgrain ribbon quel glamour—Teddy swooned, and a knee-length embroidered surcoat, which he removed immediately and slung on the back of a chair.

    Exit the Actress

  • A millenary confection in grey felt, glittering with rhinestones, trimmed in black grosgrain.

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  • I brought the table measurements, the fabric, a roll of striped grosgrain ribbon and a rough drawing to the nearest upholsterer.

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  • He is getting more requests for grosgrain as opposed to satin lapels, which contrast more subtly with the jacket fabric, and for formal wear in midnight blue, a traditional option that in certain lights looks more like true black than black.

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