Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a triple pile or nap, as a costly kind of velvet (called three-pile); hence, figuratively, having the qualities of three-pile.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. rare Having the quality of three-pile; best; most costly.
- adj. Fig.: Extravagant; exaggerated; high-flown.
- adj. obsolete Accustomed to wearing three-pile; hence, of high rank, or wealth.
“And thou the velvet: thou art good velvet; thou art a three-piled piece, I warrant thee.”
“Two low bows, a three-piled, gold-embroidered compliment, a quotation from his”
“From the other side of Bear Garden, General Loring again sent Stafford forward with a statement, couched in terms of courtesy three-piled and icy.”
“Whereto in answer came, three-piled with courtesy, an invitation to Don”
“I set you down in my shop at Norwich you might scarce tell fustian from falding, and know little difference between the velvet of Genoa and the three-piled cloth of Bruges.”
“The grave, square-bearded, broadclothed burghers, and their portly dames in velvet and three-piled taffeta, looked down from every post of vantage, while here and there a pretty, timid face peeping out from a Puritan coif made good the old claim, that Taunton excelled in beautiful women as well as in gallant men.”
“Indeed, she never could think of the Browns without talking Johnson; and, as they were seldom absent from her thoughts just then, I heard many a rolling, three-piled sentence.”
“In troth, I kenna, my lord," answered Moniplies; "but there is the coffin, as they told me who have seen it: it is made of heben-wood, with silver nails, and lined all through with three-piled damask, might serve a princess to rest in.”
“She has made my pious father a three-piled cuckold to my knowledge; and now she would be robbing me of my single sheep too.”
“Nor was liberty of conscience infringed by this government, till the civil liberty of the same was lost, as under Herod, Pilate, and Tiberius, a three-piled tyranny.”
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