Definition of petersham in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpiːtəʃ(ə)m/


[mass noun]
A corded tape used in dressmaking and millinery for stiffening.
Example sentences
  • Finishing options are available to make stiff petersham tape for use in skirt waistbands or soft where the grosgrain is used as a garment trimming.
  • Petersham ribbon can also be used to bind your corset edges and is even simpler to use than bias tape.
  • Mother wore her new felt hat with the petersham ribbon around it and her light grey tweed two-piece costume that she had just bought for Easter.


Early 19th century: named after Lord Petersham (1790–1851), English army officer.

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