Definition of nainsook in English:

nainsook

Line breaks: nain|sook
Pronunciation: /ˈneɪnsʊk
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A fine, soft cotton fabric, originally from South Asia.
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    • For an undergarment of this style, nainsook, batiste, long-cloth and cambric are the best materials.
    • Nainsook and lawn were made in extra fine, fine and regular cottons with the extra fine nainsook having a silk finish.
    • This fabric dates back to seventeenth century India when it was sometimes called nansook, nyansook or nainsook and was thought to give ‘pleasure to the eye’.

Origin

late 18th century: from Hindi nainsukh, from nain 'eye' + sukh 'pleasure'.

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