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

  • noun A thin, stiff net woven in a hexagonal pattern and used in dressmaking.


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

[French, after Malines , (Mechlin), Belgium.]


  • Wire frames which are to be covered with sheer material, such as maline, net, or georgette, must be carefully made, as the wire frame becomes a part of the design, and the wire should be silk covered.

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  • Hat frames are covered with maline; it is used to cover wings to keep feathers in place; to cover faded or worn-out flowers; for shirred brims and crowns; for pleatings; for folds on edges of brims to give a soft look; and for bows.

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  • The wire should be wound with maline or have a facing of maline.

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  • The wires of a frame are often first wound with narrow bias pieces of net or maline.

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  • Lovely flowers may be made from a few inches of hat braids which are left over or from wool and raffia, maline or colored nets.

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  • If the hat is covered with maline, use a maline lining; if with georgette, a georgette lining should be used.

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  • Venetian lace filled in the V at the back of the bodice; the softest white maline edged the front, and when, she raised her train a lace petticoat which any girl would have pronounced "too sweet for words" floated like sea-foam about her slender ankles.

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  • Each piece is folded lengthwise of the material, and this fold is fastened to a wire which has been previously wound with maline.

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  • Loose feathers should be glued in place and the wing covered with maline or a hair net of the same color.

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  • Even very imperfect flowers may be made to look well if veiled with maline or georgette.

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  • -noun

    a delicate net used for veils.

    June 9, 2009