Definitions

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

  • noun A ribbed fabric of silk, rayon, wool, or cotton, used in making clothing and upholstery.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fabric having a silk warp and a weft of wool heavier than the silk, which gives it a corded surface somewhat resembling that of rep.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A fabric of many varieties, usually made of silk and worsted, -- used especially for women's dresses.
  • noun a fabric with silk warp and worsted weft, made in Ireland.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A fabric of many varieties, usually made of silk and worsted, -- used especially for women's dresses.

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

  • noun a ribbed fabric used in clothing and upholstery

Etymologies

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

[Obsolete French papeline, perhaps from Provençal papalino, feminine of papalin, papal (so called because it was first made at the papal town of Avignon), from Medieval Latin pāpālis, from Late Latin pāpa, pope; see pope.]

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An alteration (taken as related to Pope) of French papeline, a distortion of Poperinge, a town in Flanders which was a centre for textile production.

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