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[buh-teest, ba-] /bəˈtist, bæ-/
a fine, often sheer fabric, constructed in either a plain or figured weave and made of any of various natural or synthetic fibers.
Origin of batiste
1690-1700; < French; Middle French (toile de) ba(p)tiste, after Baptiste of Cambrai, said to have been first maker Unabridged
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  • batiste had put out three wooden arm chairs, and a rocker for Madame, on the verandah, whither the party of the tea table retired.

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  • Of all the family, Roseta was the most like her father: a fury for work, as batiste said of himself.

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  • batiste muttered with the cruel satisfaction which the joy of the prohibited produces.

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  • In a short while, new cries awakened batiste from his stupor.

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  • On hearing her sobs, batiste and his wife raised their heads in astonishment.

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British Dictionary definitions for batiste


a fine plain-weave cotton fabric: used esp for shirts and dresses
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Old French toile de baptiste, probably after Baptiste of Cambrai, 13th-century French weaver, its reputed inventor
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