Definition of samite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsamʌɪt/


[mass noun] historical
A rich silk fabric interwoven with gold and silver threads, used for dressmaking and decoration in the Middle Ages: [as modifier]: samite hangings
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  • They display brocades, compound weaves, lampas, plain weaves, samite, tapestry and twill to provide a snapshot of the expansive weaving styles of Central Asia.
  • The booty gained was so great that none could tell you the end of it: gold and silver, and vessels and precious stones, and samite, and cloth of silk, and robes vair and grey, and ermine, and every choicest thing found upon the earth.
  • The Lady of the Lake - her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur.


Middle English: from Old French samit, via medieval Latin from medieval Greek hexamiton, from Greek hexa- 'six' + mitos 'thread'.

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