Definitions

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

  • n. A fine soft silk cloth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative form of sarsenet.
  • n. Thou green sarcenet flap for a sore eye. — Shakespeare.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species of fine thin silk fabric, used for linings, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See sarsenet.

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

  • n. a fine soft silk fabric often used for linings

Etymologies

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

Middle English sarsenet, from Anglo-Norman sarzinett, perhaps from Old French Saracin, Saracen, from Late Latin Saracēnus; see Saracen.

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Old French sacenet; compare Latin saracenium cloth made by Saracens. See Saracen.

Examples

  • Violet timorously asked, What about the bale of silk sarcenet?

    The Dressmaker

  • The young woman was dressed in a lovely gown of white crepe spotted with white satin over a sarcenet slip, trimmed at the neck and sleeves with wreaths of black silk flowers.

    The Laird Who Loved Me

  • Intense was the low murmur of admiration when a particularly small gentleman, in a dress coat, led on a particularly tall lady in a blue sarcenet pelisse and bonnet of the same, ornamented with large white feathers, and forthwith commenced a plaintive duet.

    Sketches by Boz

  • For them he devised elaborate new fancy-dress costumes, a “blue velvet mantle with a Garter on the left shoulder, lined with white sarcenet and scarlet hose with black velvet around the thighs.”

    The Dragon’s Trail

  • He had made a little cuddy there inside his inner sarcenet, and down his plaited neck-cloth ran a sly companionway to it, so that his eyes might steal a visit to the joy that was over his heart and in it.

    Springhaven

  • There is one certain exception however in this case, and that is, when you are so fortunate a fellow, as to have had your jerkin made of gum-taffeta, and the body-lining to it of a sarcenet, or thin persian.

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • She was wearing a high-waisted gown of blond net over daffodil-yellow sarcenet and looked as fresh and lovely as the springtime.

    One Night for Love

  • I, "accoutred as I was," in motley attire, -- my homely little economies patent to admiring spectators: on either shoulder, budding wings composed of unequal parts of sarcenet-cambric and cotton-batting; and in my heart -- _parricide_ I had almost said, but it was rather the more filial sentiment of desire to operate for cataract upon my father's eyes.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864

  • Her connexion with the French court, it is to be supposed, suggested the appearance of "xii Frenchmen, whiche were belongyng to the Frenche ambassador," coming "fyrst" in her "company -- in coats of blewe velvet, with sleves of yelowe and blewe velvet, and their horses trapped with close trappers of blewe sarcenet, powdered with white crosses."

    Coronation Anecdotes

  • In one I find a slip of thick blue silk cloth, of a texture like sarcenet, beneath which is written, 'The above is a piece of the Prince's garter.'

    Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745 Volume III.

Comments

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  • "Mrs Z was 'simply attired in a plain coloured gown made of a very few yards of sarcenet.'"

    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 192

    May 18, 2010

  • Also see sarsenet.

    August 4, 2009