Definitions

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

  • n. A coarse, often stiffened fabric made of silk, mohair, wool, or a blend of them.

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  • n. A strong fabric; a mixture of silk and wool or mohair.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A coarse stuff made of silk and mohair, or of coarse silk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coarse textile fabric formerly in use, made originally of silk and mohair, afterward of silk and wool, and usually stiffened with gum.

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

  • n. a coarse fabric of silk mixed with wool or mohair and often stiffened with gum

Etymologies

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

Alteration of French gros grain, coarse texture; see grosgrain.

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French gros grain ("coarse grain, a strong fabric"), from Latin grossus ("coarse, rough") .

Examples

  • He then went away to sell a considerable parcel of tea and fine grogram, with which he bought two fine girls and a ship-boy, whom he took back to his own country, adoring Tien, and commending himself to Confucius.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Yerra, why would she bide with Sig Sloomysides or the grogram grey barnacle gander?

    Finnegans Wake

  • It was a period of awful suspense betwixt the opening of the outward gate and that of the door of the apartment, when there appeared — no guard with bayonets fixed, or watch with clubs, bills, or partisans, but a good-looking young woman, with grogram petticoats, tucked up for trudging through the streets, and holding a lantern in her hand.

    Rob Roy

  • In bad weather he was in the habit of walking the deck in a rough _grogram_ cloak, and thence had obtained the nickname of _Old Grog_ in the Service.

    Notes and Queries, Number 04, November 24, 1849

  • Vernon was best known to his men as "Old Grog," a nickname originating in a famous grogram coat he affected in dirty weather; and as the rum and water now served out to them was little to their liking, they marked their disapproval of the mixture, as well as of the man who invented it, by dubbing it "grog."

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore

  • The admiral, at that time, wore a grogram coat, for which reason they nick-named him "Old Grog," hence, by degrees, the mixed liquor he introduced universally obtained the name of "_Grog_."

    The Book of Three Hundred Anecdotes Historical, Literary, and Humorous—A New Selection

  • AS AN IMPORTANT and integral part of the rural rehabilitation grogram, trained and experienced Home Economists have been assigned to each of the 32 ERA districts in North Carolina.

    Emergency Relief in North Carolina. A Record of the Development and the Activities of the North Carolina Emergency Relief Administration, 1932-1935. North Carolina Emergency Relief Commission, State administrator, Mrs. Thomas O'Berry. Edited by J.S. Kirk, Walter A. Cutter [and] Thomas W. Morse

  • Why, there is the knight your father, and my lady your mother; and there is her father that is half crazy with his religion, and her aunt that wears eternal black grogram for that unlucky Colonel Christian; and there is the Countess of Derby that would serve us all with the same sauce if we were thinking of anything that would displease her.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 07 — Fiction

  • If we turn back a page or two of history, and look at the failure of the sumptuary laws in England, we find the wives of London tradesmen, who were not permitted to wear velvet in public, lining their grogram gowns with this costly fabric, for the mere pleasure of possession, for the meaningless -- and most unreasonable -- joy of expenditure.

    Americans and Others

  • One with a shirt of coarsest dowlas, and a filthy rag tying up a broken head, yet wore velvet breeches, and wiped the sweat from his face with a wrought handkerchief; the other topped a suit of shreds and patches with a fine bushy ruff, and swung from one ragged shoulder a cloak of grogram lined with taffeta.

    To Have and to Hold

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