Definition of grosgrain in English:
- 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).
Words that rhyme with grosgrainwholegrain • scatterbrain
- US English dictionary
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