Definitions

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

  • n. A lightweight, soft, shiny silk cloth with a twilled or satin weave.

Etymologies

French, from Messaline, Messalina.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Her gown of old rose messaline was cut very low in the neck, with mere abbreviations in the way of sleeves.

    The Meadow-Brook Girls Under Canvas

  • Mrs. Banks, a recent bride, was handsomely gowned in pink chiffon over messaline, and wore a unique necklace of nuggets which were gathered from her husband's mine near Iditarod, Alaska.

    The Rim of the Desert

  • Miriam, gowned in apricot messaline trimmed with silver, was in the receiving line with half a dozen other sophomores.

    Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School The Record of the Girl Chums in Work and Athletics

  • Elfreda was looking particularly handsome in her evening gown of golden brown messaline, trimmed with dull gold embroidery.

    Grace Harlowe's Fourth Year at Overton College

  • I could write a book on the Decline and Fall of the Petticoat, beginning with the billowy white muslin variety, and working up to the present slinky messaline affair.

    Roast Beef, Medium

  • Emma McChesney drew from the rack a skirt of king's blue satin messaline and held it at arm's length.

    Roast Beef, Medium

  • The thing that has got to keep us afloat until full skirts come in again will be a full and complete line of women's satin messaline knickerbockers made up to match any suit or gown, and a full line of pajamas for women and girls.

    Roast Beef, Medium

  • And there emerged from the inner room a trim, lithe, almost boyishly slim figure attired in a bewitchingly skittish-looking garment consisting of knickerbockers and snug brassiere of king's blue satin messaline.

    Roast Beef, Medium

  • The saleswoman came forward with a pale green messaline.

    Blue Bonnet in Boston or, Boarding-School Days at Miss North's

  • An hour later, Pearl Watson, in her best dress of brown silk, with her high brown boots well polished, and her small brown hat, made by herself, with a band of crushed burnt orange poppies around the crown, safely anchored and softened by a messaline drape; with her hair drawn over the tops of her ears, and a smart fawn summer coat, with buttons which showed a spot of red like a pigeon-blood ruby.

    Purple Springs

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