from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A rich patterned fabric of cotton, linen, silk, or wool.
  • noun A fine, twilled table linen.
  • noun Damascus steel.
  • noun The wavy pattern on Damascus steel.
  • transitive verb To damascene.
  • transitive verb To decorate or weave with rich patterns.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A textile fabric woven in elaborate patterns.
  • noun A pink color like that of the damask rose; a highly luminous crimson red reduced in chroma, and not appearing to incline to either orange or purple.
  • noun Same as damaskeening, 2.
  • noun Wavy lines shown on metal, formed by damaskeening.
  • Woven with figures, like damask: used of textile fabrics, usually linen: as, damask table-cloths. See I., 1.
  • Of a pink color like that of the damask rose.
  • Of, pertaining to, or originating in Damascus: as, the damask plum, rose, steel, violet: see below.
  • To deface or destroy by tamping or marking: as, to damask seditious books.
  • To ornament (a metal) with flowers or patterns on the surface, especially by the application of another metal. See damaskeen.
  • To variegate; diversify.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Damask silk; silk woven with an elaborate pattern of flowers and the like.
  • noun Linen so woven that a pattern in produced by the different directions of the thread, without contrast of color.
  • noun A heavy woolen or worsted stuff with a pattern woven in the same way as the linen damask; -- made for furniture covering and hangings.
  • noun Damask or Damascus steel; also, the peculiar markings or “water” of such steel.
  • noun A deep pink or rose color.
  • transitive verb To decorate in a way peculiar to Damascus or attributed to Damascus; particularly: (a) with flowers and rich designs, as silk; (b) with inlaid lines of gold, etc., or with a peculiar marking or “water,” as metal. See damaskeen.
  • adjective Pertaining to, or originating at, the city of Damascus; resembling the products or manufactures of Damascus.
  • adjective Having the color of the damask rose.
  • adjective a deep rose-color like that of the damask rose.
  • adjective a small dark-colored plum, generally called damson.
  • adjective (Bot.) a large, pink, hardy, and very fragrant variety of rose (Rosa damascena) from Damascus.
  • adjective steel of the kind originally made at Damascus, famous for its hardness, and its beautiful texture, ornamented with waving lines; especially, that which is inlaid with damaskeening; -- formerly much valued for sword blades, from its great flexibility and tenacity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An ornate silk fabric originating from Damascus.
  • noun A damask rose.
  • noun A grayish-pink color, like that of the damask rose.
  • adjective Of a grayish-pink color, like that of the damask rose.
  • verb To decorate or weave in damascene patterns

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

  • noun a fabric of linen or cotton or silk or wool with a reversible pattern woven into it
  • noun a table linen made from linen with a damask pattern
  • adjective having a woven pattern


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

[Middle English, Damascus, damask, from Latin Damascus, from Greek Damaskos.]

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From Damascus, where the fabric was originally made.


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  • A rich fabric woven with elaborate raised designs and figures of the same color as the background. Originally applied only to silks, or to items from the city of Damascus, the term is now applied to any single-colored, two-sided fabric woven with raised designs. See also brocade.

    February 6, 2007