Definitions

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

  • n. A light thin fabric, generally cotton or rayon, with a crinkled surface and a usually striped pattern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thin, all-cotton fabric, commonly striped, used to make clothing for summer wear.
  • n. An article made from such fabric.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A light fabric, originally made in the East Indies, of silk and linen, usually having alternating stripes, and a slightly craped or puckered surface; also, a cotton fabric of similar appearance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thin linen fabric, usually imported from the East Indies, though sometimes imitated in Europe.

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

  • n. a light puckered fabric (usually striped)

Etymologies

Hindi sīrsakar, from Persian shīroshakar : shīr, milk (from Middle Persian) + o, and (from Middle Persian u, from Old Persian utā) + shakar, sugar (from Sanskrit śarkarā, from the resemblance of its smooth and rough stripes to the smooth surface of milk and bumpy texture of sugar).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindi शीर - शक्कर (śīr-śakkar), from Persian شیر و شکر (shir-o shekar), meaning 'milk and sugar'. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • By the way, do you know the derivation of the word seersucker?

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  • It’s a whole feature in the American Express magazine Departures about how cool seersucker is this season.

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  • Chemically produced plisse is less permanent than real seersucker, which is produced by weaving.

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  • (Oxford English Dictionary) [6.1] The Oxford English Dictionary defines "seersucker" as "a thin linen, or sometimes cotton, fabric, striped and with a crimped or puckered surface, of Indian manufacture."

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  • To a crowd dressed in colorful linen and seersucker finery—and plenty of fascinators—Hugh Jackman introduced the fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Governors Island with a rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

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  • Mann, wearing a seersucker suit with an open-collar shirt, his hair gray and unruly, was sitting in a deep, upholstered armchair in his study.

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  • Try this: a navy straight skirt that grazes the knee, worn with a fitted seersucker or madras blazer and a sleeveless ruffled or v-neck blouse in a bold color—shocking pink, orange or red.

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  • Kit held up the black seersucker halter dress with white dots for herself and the black lace cotton pinafore for Fancy.

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  • Kurt Wilberding/The Wall Street Journal Light blue seersucker pants, light blue striped shirt and plaid jacket

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  • “I was hoping to have this suit altered,” I said, holding the seersucker, now sadly wrinkled, out for her inspection.

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  • "light puckered fabric" also sounds naughty but ain't

    May 20, 2009