Definitions

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

  • n. A coarse large-patterned lace without a net ground.
  • n. See gimp1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of lace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A term used for lace of different kinds; most properly for a lace of large pattern and heavy material which has no ground or mesh, but has the pattern held together by connecting threads called bars or brides.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Originally, a lace made of cords of a certain stoutness, each composed of several threads laid side by side, or of a strip of stuff or of parchment (see cartisane), and wound completely with thread.

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from guiper, to cover with silk, of Germanic origin; see weip- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French guipure, from guiper ‘to cover with silk’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At Proenza Schouler, a hot lava stripe ran across a guipure lace T-shirt, and at Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton crafted a dress covered with feathers painted to resemble monarch butterflies.

    Orange Crush

  • And at Louis Vuitton, designer Marc Jacobs showed revealing sultan pants and long skirts in black guipure lace coyly woven with the house's initials.

    The Changing Face of Lace

  • Getty Images Marc Jacobs used Swiss-made 'guipure' lace in this dress, which will retail for $4,200 this fall.

    New Life for the Historic Art of Lace-Making

  • Getty images Marc Jacobs used Swiss-made "guipure" lace in this dress, which will retail for $4,200 this fall.

    Lace on the Runway and the Red Carpet

  • Whether parading to the White House in an Isabel Toledo wool guipure ensemble or perched on Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" couch in a yellow J. Crew cardigan and bold print blouse, she continues to make colorful, fashion-forward choices and she wears them with confidence.

    Brett Ashley McKenzie: Chicago Style: Looking Good Year-Round Takes Confidence, Not Cash

  • Up close, the First Lady's yellow Isabel Toledo sheath and matching jacket revealed an intricate wool guipure detail, a choice which reflected both her enviable confidence and her bold approach to fashion.

    Brett Ashley McKenzie: Michelle: And Tall Women the World Over Rejoiced

  • Up close, the First Lady's yellow Isabel Toledo sheath and matching jacket revealed an intricate wool guipure detail, a choice which reflected both her enviable confidence and her bold approach to fas ... digg

    Brett Ashley McKenzie: Michelle: And Tall Women the World Over Rejoiced

  • Up close, the First Lady's yellow Isabel Toledo sheath and matching jacket revealed an intricate wool guipure detail, a choice which reflected both her enviable confidence and her bold approach to fas ...

    Brett Ashley McKenzie: Michelle: And Tall Women the World Over Rejoiced

  • Cosette wore over a petticoat of white taffeta, her robe of Binche guipure, a veil of English point, a necklace of fine pearls, a wreath of orange flowers; all this was white, and, from the midst of that whiteness she beamed forth.

    Les Miserables

  • He had given to Cosette a robe of Binche guipure which had descended to him from his own grandmother.

    Les Miserables

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  • "I see my mother at her spinning wheel, surrounded by pewter and tapestries, engravings and leather-work. Muslin, lace, and guipure."
    The Last Rendezvous by Anne Plantagenet, translated by Willard Wood, p 16

    June 5, 2010

  • (n): an old-fashioned lace in which the corded pattern was held in place by connecting threads; more recent lace of a large pattern made in imitation of the original; coarse thread for lace making.

    January 15, 2009