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

  • n. A light thin fabric, generally cotton or rayon, with a crinkled surface and a usually striped pattern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thin, all-cotton fabric, commonly striped, used to make clothing for summer wear.
  • n. An article made from such fabric.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A light fabric, originally made in the East Indies, of silk and linen, usually having alternating stripes, and a slightly craped or puckered surface; also, a cotton fabric of similar appearance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thin linen fabric, usually imported from the East Indies, though sometimes imitated in Europe.

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

  • n. a light puckered fabric (usually striped)


Hindi sīrsakar, from Persian shīroshakar : shīr, milk (from Middle Persian) + o, and (from Middle Persian u, from Old Persian utā) + shakar, sugar (from Sanskrit śarkarā, from the resemblance of its smooth and rough stripes to the smooth surface of milk and bumpy texture of sugar).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindi शीर - शक्कर (śīr-śakkar), from Persian شیر و شکر (shir-o shekar), meaning 'milk and sugar'. (Wiktionary)


  • By the way, do you know the derivation of the word seersucker?

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  • It’s a whole feature in the American Express magazine Departures about how cool seersucker is this season.

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  • Chemically produced plisse is less permanent than real seersucker, which is produced by weaving.


  • (Oxford English Dictionary) [6.1] The Oxford English Dictionary defines "seersucker" as "a thin linen, or sometimes cotton, fabric, striped and with a crimped or puckered surface, of Indian manufacture."

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  • To a crowd dressed in colorful linen and seersucker finery—and plenty of fascinators—Hugh Jackman introduced the fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Governors Island with a rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

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  • Mann, wearing a seersucker suit with an open-collar shirt, his hair gray and unruly, was sitting in a deep, upholstered armchair in his study.

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  • Try this: a navy straight skirt that grazes the knee, worn with a fitted seersucker or madras blazer and a sleeveless ruffled or v-neck blouse in a bold color—shocking pink, orange or red.

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  • Kit held up the black seersucker halter dress with white dots for herself and the black lace cotton pinafore for Fancy.

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  • Kurt Wilberding/The Wall Street Journal Light blue seersucker pants, light blue striped shirt and plaid jacket

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  • “I was hoping to have this suit altered,” I said, holding the seersucker, now sadly wrinkled, out for her inspection.



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  • Like crepe, if you iron it with a too-hot iron, you will sear the sucker right out of it. Or so my mother told me. As one friend told me, the ironing basket is where she puts clothes she will never wear again.

    July 21, 2015

  • "light puckered fabric" also sounds naughty but ain't

    May 20, 2009