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[kri-ton, kree-ton] /krɪˈtɒn, ˈkri tɒn/
a heavy cotton material in colorfully printed designs, used especially for drapery and slipcovers.
1865-70; < French, after Creton, Norman village where it was produced Unabridged
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/krɛˈtɒn; ˈkrɛtɒn/
  1. a heavy cotton or linen fabric with a printed design, used for furnishing
  2. (as modifier): cretonne chair covers
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Creton Norman village where it originated
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Word Origin and History for cretonne

1870, from French cretonne (1723), supposedly from Creton, village in Normandy where it originally was made.

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Encyclopedia Article for 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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