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

  • n. A fabric with an intricately woven pattern.
  • n. A special loom or the method employed in the weaving of a figured fabric.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Fabric woven on a jacquard loom.
  • n. Fabric resembling a jacquard, but woven by a different process.
  • n. A jacquard loom.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a jacquard loom or the fabric it creates.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or invented by, Jacquard, a French mechanician, who died in 1834.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An abbreviation of Jacquard loom or Jacquard attachment (which see, under loom).

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

  • n. a highly figured fabric woven on a Jacquard loom
  • n. French inventor of the Jacquard loom that could automatically weave complicated patterns (1752-1834)
  • n. a loom with an attachment for forming openings for the passage of the shuttle between the warp threads; used in weaving figured fabrics


After Joseph Marie Jacquard.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Eponym, Joseph Marie Jacquard, inventor of the jacquard loom. (Wiktionary)



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