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

  • noun A narrow band or braid used as trimming and commonly made of lace, metallic thread, or embroidery.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 1. Originally, worsted lace, especially a closely woven lace like a narrow ribbon or tape for binding.
  • noun In modern use:
  • noun A fabric similar to the above, of wool, silk, tinsel, cotton, or a combination of any of these, A kind of gold or silver lace with a continuous even edge on each side, used on uniforms, liveries, etc.

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

  • noun A narrow tapelike fabric used for binding hats, shoes, etc., -- sometimes made ornamental.
  • noun A similar bordering or binding of rich material, such as gold lace.

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

  • noun obsolete A braided trimming with bullion thread, used on men's coats in the eighteenth century, on women's apparel in the nineteenth, and on such furnishings as draperies or cushions.


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

[French galon, from Old French galonner, to decorate the hair with ribbons.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French galonner ('to braid').


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  • Lace trim or binding material.

    December 14, 2010

  • from a fashion textbook i am copyediting: "A lace galloon appliqué can be created from the repeat of your lace. A galloon is a cut-out motif trim from the main yardage. Galloons are often used as badges, collars, or trims on lingerie and evening apparel."

    October 6, 2012

  • *checks* no galloons on my lingerie :(

    October 6, 2012

  • I mean that I checked my lingerie for galloons, not that there are checks but no galloons on my lingerie.

    Speaking of which, does my underwear count as lingerie? I must check.

    October 6, 2012