American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Lace made of coarse linen or cotton thread twisted in simple geometric patterns.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See lace.
GNU Webster's 1913
- a simple thread lace worked upon a pillow with coarse thread; also, a similar lace made by machinery.
- French torchon, duster, from Old French, from torche, twisted straw, torch; see torch. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She tried telling me that the famous nineteenth-century torchon lace was superior to Honiton if properly made.”
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