Definition of bengaline in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbeNGɡəˌlēn/


A strong ribbed fabric made of a mixture of silk and either cotton or wool.
Example sentences
  • Designed by Christian Dior New York in black bengaline, the cut is straight, the look - elegant and classic.
  • The vest was cut from a damask brocade and the breeches from bengaline, the latter which was dyed to match the vest fabric.
  • This ball gown is made from bengaline.


Late 19th century: from French, so named because of a similarity with archaic Bengals denoting fabrics, usually silks, imported from Bengal.

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Syllabification: ben·ga·line

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