cretonne

cretonne

[kri-ton, kree-ton]
noun
a heavy cotton material in colorfully printed designs, used especially for drapery and slipcovers.

Origin:
1865–70; < French, after Creton, Norman village where it was produced

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cretonne (krɛˈtɒn, ˈkrɛtɒn)
 
n
a.  a heavy cotton or linen fabric with a printed design, used for furnishing
 b.  (as modifier): cretonne chair covers
 
[C19: from French, from Creton Norman village where it originated]

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cretonne
1870, from Fr. cretonne (1723), supposedly from Creton, village in Normandy.
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cretonne

any printed fabric, usually cotton, of the weight used chiefly for furniture upholstery, hangings, window drapery, and other comparatively heavy-duty household purposes. The fabric is similar to chintz but has a dull finish. The finer and lighter textures of cretonnes are made into smocks and other garments for women and children.

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