Definition of hessian in English:


Line breaks: hes|sian
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛsɪən


[mass noun] chiefly British
  • A strong, coarse fabric made from hemp or jute, used for sacks and upholstery: [as modifier]: hessian sacks
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    • Garden rubbish is also collected in hessian sacks for a small charge.
    • These would be covered with layers of hessian sacking.
    • Burnished gold wallpaper, hand-made from silk and hessian, lines the walls on which are hung oil portraits of distinguished grand masters, including one by Raeburn.


late 19th century: from Hesse (see Hesse) + -ian.

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