- Thus did the trousers come to be made of the same cloth and color as the coat, uniform-style, for example, and facing lapels to be made with rich silk grosgrain, among other subtle changes.
- Finish front with bias tape, 1-1/2 inch wide grosgrain or fabric strip sewn to edges and turned into inside and stitched down creating a facing.
- You could not speak of sucking the hats' bowls to your face, or of licking the grosgrain of their sweat-darkened ribbons: there was no way to explain why you even wanted this.
Mid 19th century: French, 'coarse grain' (see also grogram).
grog from mid 18th century:
This word for alcoholic drink is said to be from Old Grog, the reputed nickname (given to him because of his grogram cloak) of Admiral Vernon (1684–1757): in 1740 he first ordered diluted rum to be served out to sailors instead of the traditional neat rum. Grogram (mid 16th century) was a heavy fabric which got its name from French gros grain ‘course grain’, also found in the name of the lighter silk fabric grosgrain (mid 19th century).
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