Definition of swansdown in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈswɒnzdaʊn/


[mass noun]
1The fine down of a swan, used for trimmings and powder puffs.
Example sentences
  • Everything about her shimmers and shines, all softened by beautiful white swansdown and feathers.
  • On the chest, there is a shaped cloth panel which is decorated with swansdown, rhinestones and mirrors.
  • It was a fancy version of the scarf and could be made of swansdown or fur.
2A thick cotton fabric with a soft nap on one side.
Example sentences
  • The weavers emigrated to the Austrian Low Countries, especially to Mouscron, where production of swansdown was allowed since 1758.
2.1A soft, thick fabric made from wool mixed with a little silk or cotton.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: swans|down

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.