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

  • n. Braided cordage formed by plaiting several strands of rope fiber or similar material.
  • n. Plaited straw, grass, or palm leaves for making hats.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. braided cord or fabric of such small stuff as plaited rope yarns
  • n. straw or grass which is braid for a hat

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A braided cord or fabric formed by plaiting together rope yarns or other small stuff.
  • n. Plaited straw or palm leaves for making hats.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, a sort of flat braided cordage used for various purposes, and formed by plaiting rope-yarns or spun yarn together; also, grass or straw plaited by seamen for making hats.
  • n. See sennet.

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

  • n. flat braided cordage that is used on ships


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

Origin unknown.

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perhaps from French coussinet, diminutive of cousin 'cushion' because it is used to protect cables from fraying


  • He fondled the impression of her as of silverspun wire, of fine leather, of twisted hair-sennit from the heads of maidens such as the Marquesans make, of carven pearl-shell for the lure of the bonita, and of barbed ivory at the heads of sea-spears such as the Eskimos throw.

    The Little Lady of the Big House, by Jack London

  • High up on the beach of the second cove from ours, we discovered the splintered wreck of a boat -- a sealer's boat, for the rowlocks were bound in sennit, a gun-rack was on the starboard side of the bow, and in white letters was faintly visible Gazelle No. 2.

    Chapter 29

  • We had also made a quantity of string, or what sailors call sennit, which, twisted together, would serve as cordage for the vessel.

    The Wanderers Adventures in the Wilds of Trinidad and Orinoco

  • Even the largest houses have not a nail in them, but are fastened together with sennit, which is a line made from the root of a tree.

    Taking Tales Instructive and Entertaining Reading

  • Next, Lamai tied him securely with a sennit cord about the neck and untied the cords that bit into his legs.


  • So it was, after low whinings and whimperings, that he applied his sharp first-teeth to the sennit cord and chewed upon it till it parted.


  • China soup-plate, perforated and strung on coconut sennit, suspended from about his neck so that it rested flat on his chest and half-concealed the generous swell of muscles.


  • He was brought in, heavy-featured and defiant, his arms bound with cocoanut sennit, the dry blood still on his body from the struggle with his captors.

    Chapter 2

  • Sixty feet in the clear, the dim fire occasionally lighted, through shadowy cross-beams, the ridge-pole that was covered with sennit of coconut that was braided in barbaric designs of black and white and that was stained by the smoke of years almost to a monochrome of dirty brown.


  • Uiliami blew the whistle suspended on his broad bare chest by a cord of cocoanut sennit.



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  • "...the bargemen themselves had done all that naval ingenuity could devise in the article of whole duck trousers and white sennit hats." --Patrick O'Brian, The Fortune of War, p. 9

    February 5, 2008