Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various sturdy cotton fabrics of plain weave, used especially for sheets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several varieties of thin cotton cloth.
  • n. Fabric made of cotton, flax (linen), hemp, or silk, finely or coarsely woven.
  • n. A term used for a wide variety of tightly-woven thin fabrics, especially those used for bedlinen. (US) Woven cotton or linen fabrics, especially when used for items other than garments.
  • n. A dressmaker's pattern made from inexpensive cloth for fitting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thin cotton, white, dyed, or printed. The name is also applied to coarser and heavier cotton goods. In sheeting, muslin is not as finely woven as percale.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Cotton cloth of different kinds finely made and finished for wearing-apparel, the term being used variously at different times and places.
  • n. A material somewhat stouter than India muslin, used for women's dresses, plain or printed with colored patterns, or having a slight dotted pattern woven in the stuff. Also jaconet and organdie, according to its fineness.
  • n. In some parts of the United States, cotton cloth used for shirts, other articles of wearing-apparel, bedding, etc.
  • n. One of several different moths: a collectors' name.
  • n. Muslin with figures printed in color on it.
  • Made of muslin: as, a muslin dress.
  • n. A general term for a vessel's Canvas.

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

  • n. plain-woven cotton fabric

Etymologies

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

French mousseline, from Italian mussolina, from Mussolo, Mosul, Iraq, from Arabic (al-)Mawṣil, from mawṣil, place of joining, from waṣala, to join; see wṣl in Semitic roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French mousseline, from Italian mussolina, from Mussolo ("Mosul"), that is Mosul in northern Iraq (compare 1875 Knight, Edward H., Knight's American Mechanical Dictionary, V2 p1502: "Muslins are so called from Moussol in India.")

Examples

  • This slip is 100 percent cotton, thin muslin, and is surprisingly not hot.

    Home Living

  • She had taken the lace and muslin from the basket, possibly to settle her nerves and wits, and was sewing upon it.

    Chapter XVIII

  • To the 3x size sewer: take the pattern I recommended here and make it in muslin, m 90 "or 50" wide piece, double, and if it works you know the pattern fits.

    Alfred Augustus Glendening 1861-1903

  • A scarf of thin muslin or a silk veil wound round the crown of a sun-helmet or hat and falling down behind as a shade.

    SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Collectibles - Part 1156

  • Michael C criticizes that a lot of the others are still working in muslin and have nothing for their model to try on, but of course he's well on his way to a finished look, albeit it is a ball gown that has a train which dusts the floor very nicely.

    Holly Cara Price: Rubbernecking: Project Runway, Episode 9 "Race to the Finish"

  • I tied it in muslin and let it drain for about an hr.

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  • To make things easier, I have an idea of wearing a basic and plain muslin A-line dress, or skirt-blouse combination -- or any non-iron, loosely flowing garment that does not cling or pinch, making movement easier in the myriad of tasks that must be done.

    Clothing Distinction

  • The fabric shop she gets the plain muslin from is on Mesones two doors from Bonanza -- Yulma, she thinks the store's name is.

    A Great (Sewing) Notion

  • Just before he finished, he covered her polished nakedness in muslin and lace, cutting and sewing the sleeves and the hem and the ruffs.

    vignette: giapetto's daughter

  • Ieven wrote to Jennifer Rose and told her that I had come around to her view, the thin muslin colorful pedal pusher length pants that are highly acceptable here are just as cool and comfy.

    SMA weather

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  • Jeopardy taught me last night that muslin is named for Mosul, Iraq. (Backed up by the wiki.)

    January 28, 2009

  • Beautifully remembered here.

    January 20, 2009