from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A heavy silk fabric, often interwoven with gold or silver, worn in the Middle Ages.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A material of rich silk, sometimes with gold threads, especially prized during the Middle Ages.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. A species of silk stuff, or taffeta, generally interwoven with gold.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, a heavy silk material each thread of which was supposed to be twisted of six fibers; later, rich heavy silk material of any kind, especially that which had a satin-like gloss.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a heavy silk fabric (often woven with silver or gold threads); used to make clothing in the Middle Ages
The stuffs then known were velvet, satin (called samite), and taffeta, -- all of which were stitched with gold or silver thread.
Here comes one of them, in a long green robe of shining silky stuff, which is called samite; round his neck is a curiously cut collar of dark red cloth, and in his hand he carries a white hood.
Then came the gown; it looked for all the world precisely like one out of a medieval Book of Hours, and it was made of a heavy white silk that she suspected was the literary "samite" that the Lady of the Lake was clothed in.
The varieties of silk stuffs known at this time were velvet, satin (which was called samite), and taffety (called cendal or sendall), all of which were occasionally stitched with gold and silver.] and satin.
Courtiers in samite and silk lined the carpet, turning to see this rough-and-tumble gladiator in their midst.
Sag mir wo die Blumen sind sambies or sambos or sangers (sandwiches) samite (cloth)
Difficult to imagine our lady with the lamp garbed as she was this afternoon in grey samite-gabardine anyway'mystic, wonderful, romping between the sheets.
And she called for her waiting attendants, and she bade them clothe that maiden in silk, and in samite; and the pearls which they wove among her black tresses, were whiter than the frozen hail-drops.
In less than a minute a long, skinny arm, partly naked, partly clothed in a sleeve of red samite, arose out of the aperture, holding a lamp as high as it could stretch upwards, and the figure to which the arm belonged ascended step by step to the level of the chapel floor.
The form and face of the being who thus presented himself were those of a frightful dwarf, with a large head, a cap fantastically adorned with three peacock feathers, a dress of red samite, the richness of which rendered his ugliness more conspicuous, distinguished by gold bracelets and armlets, and a white silk sash, in which he wore a gold-hilted dagger.
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