Definition of jacquard in English:


Line breaks: jac¦quard
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒakɑːd
, -kəd/


  • 1An apparatus with perforated cards, fitted to a loom to facilitate the weaving of figured and brocaded fabrics.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] A fabric made on a loom fitted with a jacquard, with an intricate variegated pattern.
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    • The company offers its customers multi-textured materials, including hand-loomed cottons, cotton canvases, linens, hemps, silks, jacquards, chenilles and velvets in muted earth tones as well as rich, primary colours.
    • Prints return on textured grounds, such as jacquards, linens and surface-interest weaves.
    • Some of the fabrics highlighted were silk/cotton double-face duchesse satin, silk/linen jacquards and a new subtle threecolor iridescent taffeta.
  • 1.2 (also jacquard loom) A loom fitted with a jacquard.
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    • Jidabai Kunte, who creates a narli or coconut-mesh like reticulate border on her Paithani loom, explains, ‘The jacquard technique makes it possible to weave much faster.’


early 19th century: named after Joseph M. Jacquard (1787–1834), French weaver and inventor.

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