from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A general term for certain kinds of fabrics, which are formed of two series of threads interlacing each other, thus forming double cloth, quilted in the loom; -- so named because first made in Marseilles, France.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cotton fabric similar to piqué, stiff, and used for men's waistcoats and summer garments.

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

  • n. a port city in southeastern France on the Mediterranean


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  • They wore grey camlet riding habits, with large black Birmingham buttons (to mark the slight mourning for their deceased brother-in-law): while petticoats, fastened as pins did or did not their office, shewed more of the quilted marseilles and stuff beneath, than the precision of the toilet required: both of which, from their contact with the water of the bog, merited the epithet of "Slappersallagh," bestowed on their wearers by Terence

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 285, December 1, 1827

  • "I'll buy you a white marseilles bedspread on our way back from the walk," he offered gravely.

    The Squirrel-Cage

  • And then he saw the Colonel, in white marseilles, smoking a cigar.

    The Crisis — Volume 03

  • This morning he was dressed in a suit of the lightest gray, with a white marseilles waistcoat, over which his glittering chain shone ostentatiously.

    A Mountain Woman

  • A marseilles waistcoat, overloaded with embroidery, open, and held together by one button only just above the stomach, gave to the wearer a dissipated look, -- all the more so, because his jet black hair, in corkscrew curls, hid his forehead and hung down his cheeks.

    An Historical Mystery

  • ... and on into the park itself with a king hanging in waiting for you to drop in and get down there roi style ahwe the king in his palace by bordeaux or maybe somewhere you don't want to go, who knows, maybe its just not coolbut hey! it's just pictures man ... or maybe just move to marseilles



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