from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fine, thin silk stuff, plain or twilled, especially valued for its softness.

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

  • noun See sarcenet.

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

  • noun a fine soft silk fabric often used for linings


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  • For the first day of her hearing Caroline appeared in the tall hat plumes that were her trademark; when she removed this inside, she wound white veiling around her head and over the bodice of her "'richly twilled black sarsenet dress,'" giving the intended dignified costume a bizarre effect.

    Framing Romantic Dress: Mary Robinson, Princess Caroline and the Sex/Text

  • The child reddened, looked sulky, and hesitated, while the mother, with many a fye and nay pshaw, and such sarsenet chidings as tender mothers give to spoiled children, at length succeeded in snatching the bonnet from him, and handing it to the English leader.

    The Monastery

  • The linen – drapers of Hammersmith were astounded at the sudden demand for blue sarsenet ribbon, and long white gloves.

    Sketches by Boz

  • The next Wednesday was fixed for the eventful day, and it was unanimously resolved that every member of the committee should wear a piece of blue sarsenet ribbon round his left arm.

    Sketches by Boz

  • The ceelor, vallance, and curteins lyned with crymson taffata sarsenet.


  • A crymson sattin counterpointe, quilted and embr. with a golde twiste, and lyned with redd sarsenet, being in length iij yards good, and in breadth iij scant.


  • For Dolly, growing anxious about his meaning, yet ready to think about another proposal, was desirous to sit down on the sweet ledge of grass, yet uneasy about her pale blue sarsenet, and uncertain that she had not seen something of a little sea-snail (living in a yellow house, dadoed with red), whom to crush would be a cruel act to her dainty fabric.


  • The leather box was lined with sarsenet that Sharpe supposed had once been of royal purple, but was now so faded and worn as to be of the palest and most threadbare lilac.

    Sharpe's Rifles

  • Bruges satin, a girdle of yellow sarsenet with various decorations, the cost of his dress being £52 8s. 8d., which, considering the relative value of money, must be considered a very costly dress.

    Christmas: Its Origin and Associations Together with Its Historical Events and Festive Celebrations During Nineteen Centuries

  • He could smell the stuff of her veil, the sarsenet of her bodice, and, as it were wrapped in these odours as her body was wrapped in its clothes, the faint fleshly perfume of her body itself.

    The Old Wives' Tale


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