noun[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
More example sentences
- 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'.
Definition of samite in:
- The US English dictionary