Definitions

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

  • n. A heavy fabric with a rough nubby surface, made of spun wild silk.
  • n. A rayon or cotton fabric that is imitative of this silk fabric.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A heavy fabric, with a rough surface, made from wild silk
  • n. A fabric of some other material having the same characteristics

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

  • n. a heavy silk fabric with a rough surface (or a cotton imitation)

Etymologies

After Shantung (Shandong), China.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Mandarin Shandong in China. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ralph Lauren Ralph Lauren gave his embroidered looks an exotic, Far East twist, as in this look with its red silk shantung embroidered smoking jacket.

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  • I remember a red gingham dress embellished with red ric rac, a black and blue plaid with black velvet collar and cuffs, a lovely cream with tiny red rosettes and one of those big collars trimmed in cream - colored eyelet, a salmon shantung that I wore for graduation from high school, and my very favorite -- a cream with pink and periwinkle flowers.

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  • But exotic, bizarre words like "chivari" and "shantung" and "Asscher" have never been in my vocabulary before now.

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  • Black Chambray and Vintage Leaf Two Tone: a classic black chambray front's offset by a back made from a loose-leaf pattern "clearly inspired by Japanese paintings" on '50s-era rayon shantung, not to be confused with rayon Wang Chung, as that only comes in Dance Hall grays.

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  • At Mr. Lauren's show, there were silk shantung smoking jackets, shirts with mandarin collars and a healthy dose of dragon embroidery and the color jade.

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  • And it is weird to get off a boring old commuter train to be faced on the platform with a vast embonpoint, half swathed in shiny scarlet shantung silk, half exposed, like being attacked by a giant blancmange with strawberries.

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  • For forays into the city, there were three-piece suits and for the evening a tuxedo in silk shantung, cream with black lapels and tie.

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  • The only problem with the embroidered shantung fabric was how hard it was to match the hummingbirds and delicate bee balm flowers of the valance with the curtain fabric.

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  • Now, what do you think of this, the shantung or the peau de soie?

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  • She arrived in Paris in a navy shantung suit by Chez Ninon, a chichi Park Avenue dressmaker that supplied her with copies of French couture, which she wore throughout the trip - except, that is, when she was wearing real Givenchy.

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