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  • n. A woman's loose, long dress or robe.
  • n. A light covering; a scarf.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman's long dress or robe; also light covering; a scarf.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A loose, light robe, worn by women: only in poetical use, without precise meaning.


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From French simarre (type of robe), from Italian cimarra


  • Salammbo unfastened her earrings, her necklace, her bracelets, and her long white simar; she unknotted the band in her hair, shaking the latter for a few minutes softly over her shoulders to cool herself by thus scattering it.


  • Salammbo walked to the edge of the terrace; her eyes swept the horizon for an instant, and then were lowered upon the sleeping town, while the sigh that she heaved swelled her bosom, and gave an undulating movement to the whole length of the long white simar which hung without clasp or girdle about her.


  • She kept advancing, clothed in her white trailing simar, and with her large eyes fastened on the veil.


  • Havas dressed in a light simar and wearing his crown of rock-salt, from which there strayed two tresses of hair as twisted as the horns of Ammon; and Hamilcar in a violet tunic figured with gold vine branches, and with a battle-sword at his side.


  • Perhaps there have been simar days of blood and slaughter in the struggles for liberation in other countries.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Now she drew off the brown mantle (which hung to her heels - and beyond, when she was not careful of it, so the hem dragged in the dust) and smoothed the raw, yellow-brown linen of her simar.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

  • Together with false jewelry and trinkets of the sort such men give their paramours, it carried a certain amount of women's clothing; and though my money had been much depleted by the dinner we had never returned to the Inn of Lost Loves to enjoy, I was able to buy Dorcas a simar.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

  • However, at that moment a cardinal came in, clad in town costume -- his sash and his stockings red, but his simar black, with a red edging and red buttons.

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris

  • She sobs, her head resting against a pillar, her hair hanging down, and her body wrapped in a long brown simar.

    Tentation de saint Antoine. English

  • Imagine, then, an old superannuated goat, reared upon its hind legs, and clad in a white sheet, disposed in folds like those of a simar about its limbs, and you will have some idea of Balthazar, the patrico.



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  • As best I can determine some people (Americans?) would pronounce this word to rhyme with "gym bar." others (Brits?) would rhyme it with "dimmer." God only knows what an Australian would do with it. I write  "would pronounce" because I have my doubts that the word has ever been audibly uttered in earnest, so it is all guesswork.

    Nevertheless the Wikipedia article on simar is worth a read for the sake of an encounter with the gloriously named author of a book on priestly vestiture - John Abel Felix Prosper Nainfa. Now there's a name to conjure with.

    It's an elusive sort of a frock.
    The caftan, the toga and smock
    Are not quite a simar -
    A muumuu but slimmer,
    A garment that sways when you walk.

    October 4, 2014