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ciré

[si-rey] /sɪˈreɪ/
noun
1.
a brilliant, highly glazed surface produced on fabrics by subjecting them to a wax, heat, and calendering treatment.
2.
a double fabric having such a finish.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < French < Latin cērātus waxed, equivalent to cēr(a) wax (see cere) + -ātus -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for cire

ciré

/ˈsɪəreɪ/
adjective
1.
(of fabric) treated with a heat or wax process to make it smooth
noun
2.
such a surface on a fabric
3.
a fabric having such a surface
Word Origin
C20: French, from cirer to wax, from cire, from Latin cēra wax
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Word Origin and History for cire
adj.

1921, from French ciré, literally "waxed" (12c.), from Latin cera "wax" (see cere (n.)). Often short for ciré silk.

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