batiste

batiste

[buh-teest, ba-]
noun
a fine, often sheer fabric, constructed in either a plain or figured weave and made of any of various natural or synthetic fibers.

Origin:
1690–1700; < French; Middle French (toile de) ba(p)tiste, after Baptiste of Cambrai, said to have been first maker

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batiste (bæˈtiːst)
 
n
a fine plain-weave cotton fabric: used esp for shirts and dresses
 
[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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