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

  • n. A thin light silk used in the Middle Ages for fine garments, church vestments, and banners.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A light silk cloth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A light thin stuff of silk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A silken material used in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries for rich dresses, flags, pennons, etc.; also, a piece of this material.


Middle English cendal, from Old French, ultimately from Greek sindōn, fine linen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French cendal. (Wiktionary)



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