There are 2 main definitions of sash in English:

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Syllabification: sash
Pronunciation: /saSH
 
/

noun

A long strip or loop of cloth worn over one shoulder or around the waist, especially as part of a uniform or official dress.
Example sentences
  • On the bench where we were last sitting was a young man with long black hair, dressed in a tight black robe with a red sash tied around his waist.
  • He was dressed in a gorgeous robe with a golden sash tied around his waist and was standing tall and strong.
  • Young men in white shirts and red sashes grasped each other round the shoulders to form a ring fifteen feet across.
Synonyms

Origin

late 16th century (earlier as shash, denoting fine fabric twisted around the head as a turban): from Arabic šāš 'muslin, turban'.

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  • A sash is now worn over one shoulder or around the waist, but it was originally wrapped round the head. Between the late 16th and early 18th centuries a sash was a length of fine fabric twisted round the head as a turban, as in some Middle Eastern countries—the word is from Arabic. The sash in sash window is an alteration of chassis, which means ‘frame’ in French, based on Latin capsa ‘box’. Originally both French and English people pronounced the final -s of chassis. English-speakers then took this as a plural form and shortened it to form a new singular which became sash. Chassis was readopted from French in the early 20th century to mean ‘the base frame of a vehicle’. See also scarf

Derivatives

sashed

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The W, S and E ranges had a third storey and battlements added in 1674, while the sashed windows existed from about 1718.
  • In fact the need for that quaint stone edged sashed window to open, to have real glass or to lend a view is irrelevant.
  • On one side, soft shades of terra-cotta, cream and black depict richly patterned, folded and sashed kimonos.

sashless

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • I do not want to look at my wedding pictures in ten years and hate my sashless dress.

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There are 2 main definitions of sash in English:

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sash2

Syllabification: sash
Pronunciation: /saSH
 
/

noun

A frame holding the glass in a window, typically one of two sliding frames.
Example sentences
  • Paint analysis showed that the doors, door frames, and window sashes on the second floor of the addition, long assumed to be painted pine, were actually black walnut.
  • They allow the hinge edge of the sash to slide away from the window frame as it opens.
  • One thing to note, however, a vinyl window with welded frame and sashes will be stronger and more durable than a cheaper one in which these are mechanically joined.

Origin

late 17th century: alteration of chassis, interpreted as plural.

More
  • A sash is now worn over one shoulder or around the waist, but it was originally wrapped round the head. Between the late 16th and early 18th centuries a sash was a length of fine fabric twisted round the head as a turban, as in some Middle Eastern countries—the word is from Arabic. The sash in sash window is an alteration of chassis, which means ‘frame’ in French, based on Latin capsa ‘box’. Originally both French and English people pronounced the final -s of chassis. English-speakers then took this as a plural form and shortened it to form a new singular which became sash. Chassis was readopted from French in the early 20th century to mean ‘the base frame of a vehicle’. See also scarf

Derivatives

sashed

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • In his first draft of the play, Barrie had no Hook at all: Peter himself was the villain, a ‘demon boy ‘swooping in the sashed windows.
  • Up and down the leafy avenues and Georgian squares of Dublin South East, the prosperity of the last five years drips from the sashed windows and four-wheel drives.
  • In fact the need for that quaint stone edged sashed window to open, to have real glass or to lend a view is irrelevant.

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