Definition of worsted in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwʊstɪd/


1 [mass noun] A fine smooth yarn spun from combed long-staple wool.
Example sentences
  • Local historian and Keighley News columnist Ian Dewhirst says the mill was built - at a cost of £25,000 - in the 1870s by manufacturer James Collingham, for machine combing and spinning worsted yarns.
  • The spokesman added: ‘The worsted spinning side of the business will continue after the summer shutdown to complete existing customers' orders.’
  • Botany/Merino wool is a fine wool made from worsted wool yarn.
1.1Fabric made from worsted yarn, having a close-textured surface with no nap: [as modifier]: a worsted suit
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  • Addingham-based design company Adam Fisher Manufacturing Ltd, which designed suits for pop star Gareth Gates, has agreed to make a special suit from worsted cloth for the display.
  • The cloth, a lightweight charcoal grey worsted made with Extrafine merino wool, has been produced by top weaver Clissold.
  • They were more or less similar in dress with the dark grey worsted buttoned on the correct second button and a stiff collared white shirt, and shoed in the polished dark leather.


Middle English: from Worstead, the name of a parish in Norfolk, England.

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