American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sturdy ribbed fabric of wool, cotton, or wool and cotton, often with an embossed finish, used for clothing and upholstery.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fabric of wool, or very often of cotton and wool, similar to tammy, commonly watered, but sometimes plain. It is used for petticoats, bathing-dresses, etc., and the heavier qualities for curtains.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A thick woolen fabric, watered or with embossed figures; -- used in upholstery, for curtains, etc.
- n. a heavy fabric of wool (or wool and cotton) used mostly in upholstery or for curtains
- Compare mohair. (Wiktionary)
- Possibly from moiré. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I have ordered them not of chintz, but moreen, which is against your taste, and hardly according to my own; but the latter article proved on enquiry to be far the thriftier as well as the most comfortable; and therefore the best adapted for our purpose.”
“The blaze of light gave such strong relief to his anxious and sullen face, against the hangings of white silk moreen brushed by his black hair, that he might have been compared to an evil genius.”
“The tenacious Hyde constitution, that was a proverb in Greenfield, conquered at last, and Hitty became conscious, to find herself in a chamber whose plastered walls were crumbling away with dampness and festooned with cobwebs, while the uncarpeted floor was checkered with green stains of mildew, and the very old four-post bedstead on which she lay was fringed around the rickety tester with rags of green moreen, mould-rotted.”
“Then, something making her turn her head sharply to the big bed with its red moreen curtains hanging straightly down beside its four carved posts, her eyes met the wide open eyes of the man lying there.”
“The design or marking of moreen is different on every piece.”
“= Moire is a waved or watered effect produced upon the surface of various kinds of textile fabrics, especially on grosgrain silk and woolen moreen.”
“The best bed-chamber, with its hangings of crimson moreen, was opened and aired -- a performance which always caused my eight little brothers and sisters to place themselves in convenient positions for being stumbled over, to the great annoyance of industrious damsels, who, armed with broom and duster, endeavored to render their reign as arbitrary as it was short.”
“The logs were chinked with clay, and the one window, though destitute of glass, and ornamented with the inevitable board-shutter, had a green moreen curtain, which kept out the wind and the rain.”
“One skirt of silk or moreen, together with a tiny short one of white muslin and a pair of sensible, warm, woolen equestrian tights will make one more comfortable and will allay that immense swelling about the hips which much be-petticoated old ladies have.”
“Moire -- The water effect produced on silk, moreen, and like fabrics.”
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different words related to fabrics--types of fabric but also the process of making/marketing/using them
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Woven, knit and tatted fabrics. Other kinds of cloth, such as tapa and chamois are not included.
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The sound, the taste, the feel, the meaning.
A list from the 1911 edition of "Words: Their Spelling, Pronunciation, Definition, Application" by the Gregg Publishing Company.
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