Definition of damask in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdaməsk/


1 [mass noun] A rich, heavy silk or linen fabric with a pattern woven into it, used for table linen and upholstery: the walls are covered with faded red damask [count noun]: silks and damasks [as modifier]: a heavy damask tablecloth
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  • She described a line of furniture that included rich, ornately carved mahogany pieces and very crisp, tailored upholstery in silk and damask.
  • Fabrics here include silk damask devores, silk damask and stripes and plains inspired by Imperial Russia.
  • Throughout the pavilion, the most costly materials were used: precious wood veneers and lacquer for furniture, silk damasks and velvets for upholstery, furs for coverlets and throws.
2 short for damask rose.
Example sentences
  • Bourbons, damasks, albas, gallicas, mosses and rugosas are all likely groups of roses to choose from for fragrance - the difficulty is narrowing down the candidates.
  • Many old garden roses, and these include the albas, bourbons, centifolias, damasks, chinas, noisettes, etc., bloom only once a season.
  • She is especially fond of gallicas, damasks and ramblers.
3 (also damask steel) [mass noun] historical another term for Damascus steel.
Example sentences
  • These elegantly shaped weapons are often made from the celebrated damask steel and decorated with precious stones.
  • Its blade is damask steel, while the scabbard is a dull gold with jewels of all colours.
  • It was a Persian concept that soft wrought iron was female, and hardenable carbon steel was male; thereforein laminated damask steel where they were combined.


Having the velvety pink or light red colour of a damask rose: her damask cheek
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  • The film has an interesting plot, but shame about the silly car chases and unconvincing escapes from death or even injury bar a delicate scratch on Johanssen's damask cheek.
  • Sam Mendes's soigné productions with accomplished casts offer many a damask cheek and relatively few warts.


[with object] literary
Decorate with or as if with a variegated pattern: flowers damask the fragrant seat
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  • Up, black, striped and damasked like the chasuble


Late Middle English: from Damaske, early form of the name of Damascus, where the fabric was first produced.

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