Definitions

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

  • n. Archaic A thick, twilled woolen cloth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a thick, coarse, woolen twill

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thick woolen stuff quilled or twilled.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of stuff, usually thick and resembling drugget or frieze: it is chiefly employed for linings.

Etymologies

French ratine, from Old French rastin, from *raster, to scrape, ultimately from Latin rādere; see rash2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French ratine, from Old French rastin, from Latin raster ("to scrape"), ultimately from Latin rādere ("rash"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • To making a half-dress suit of ratteen, lined with satin 12 12 0 To a pair of silk stocking breeches 2 5 0 To a pair of bloom-coloured ditto 1 4 6

    Life Of Johnson

  • On the day of this dinner he had delivered to Goldsmith a half-dress suit of ratteen lined with satin, costing twelve guineas, a pair of silk stocking-breeches for L2 5_s. and a pair of bloom-coloured ditto for L1 4_s. 6_d.

    Samuel Johnson

  • On the day of this dinner he had delivered to Goldsmith a half-dress suit of ratteen lined with satin, costing twelve guineas, a pair of silk stocking-breeches for £2 5_s_. and a pair of bloom-coloured ditto for £1

    Samuel Johnson

  • When he was figuring at Boswell's dinner in Old Bond Street in the "ratteen suit lined with satin, and bloom-coloured silk breeches," the clothes belonged to his tailor, and remained unpaid till his death.

    Thrift

  • Among the items we find a green half-trimmed frock and breeches, lined with silk; a queen's blue dress suit; a half dress suit of ratteen, lined with satin; a pair of silk stocking breeches, and another pair of bloom color.

    Oliver Goldsmith

  • To making a half-dress suit of ratteen, lined with satin 12 12 0

    Life of Johnson, Volume 2 1765-1776

  • [35.6] Sagathy is "a light woolen stuff, a kind or serge or ratteen, sometimes mixed with a little silk."

    Inventory of Robert Carter's Estate, November [1733]

  • Among the items we find a green half-trimmed frock and breeches, lined with silk; a queen’s blue dress suit; a half dress suit of ratteen, lined with satin; a pair of silk stocking breeches, and another pair of bloom color.

    The Life of Oliver Goldsmith

  • "One chintz rug, another of wadded silk, four roubles; one pelisse fox skin lined with red ratteen, forty roubles; and lastly, a small hareskin

    The Daughter of the Commandant

  • I was going to send a coate of the camlet, which would haue served in the spring (for I think you haue better then the other al - ready), but I was doubtfull whether it would please; therfore haue sent the patternes, the camlet lined with a sort of ratteen might look well if you like it (the red

    Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

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  • My lodging, too, was none of the worst: stretched on good fresh straw, with a cushion of ratteen under my head, and a coverlet over me of the same stuff I made but one nap of it all night.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 10 ch. 10

    October 10, 2008