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

  • n. Lace made of coarse linen or cotton thread twisted in simple geometric patterns.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a simple thread lace worked upon a pillow with coarse thread; also, a similar lace made by machinery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See lace.


French torchon, duster, from Old French, from torche, twisted straw, torch; see torch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • She tried telling me that the famous nineteenth-century torchon lace was superior to Honiton if properly made.

    The Vatican Rip


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