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damask

[dam-uh sk] /ˈdæm əsk/
noun
1.
a reversible fabric of linen, silk, cotton, or wool, woven with patterns.
2.
napery of this material.
3.
Metallurgy.
  1. Also called damask steel. Damascus steel.
  2. the pattern or wavy appearance peculiar to the surface of such steel.
4.
the pink color of the damask rose.
adjective
5.
made of or resembling damask:
damask cloth.
6.
of the pink color of the damask rose.
verb (used with object)
7.
to damascene.
8.
to weave or adorn with elaborate design, as damask cloth.
Origin of damask
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English damaske < Medieval Latin damascus, named after Damascus where fabrics were first made
Related forms
undamasked, adjective
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  • The boat, with damask cushions and silken awning, invites them upon the lake.

    Maria Antoinette John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • Thora is busy about her napery––the finest of Irish linen and damask.

    An Orkney Maid Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • When Billy came to him in the living-room, her slender self was almost hidden behind the swirls of damask linen in her arms.

    Miss Billy's Decision Eleanor H. Porter
  • “That is a damask,” (the figured silk made at Damascus) she said.

    The Well in the Desert Emily Sarah Holt
  • Soe with thadviz of Mr. Nelson we sent hym a present of a peece of damask and a bottell of annise water.

  • I wept at the sight, thinking of my own damask rose so far away.

  • Through the window came the sound of rain, the smell of wet box and of damask roses.

    Lewis Rand Mary Johnston
  • These have been placed in a group by themselves, and christened damask Perptuais.

    The Book of Roses Francis Parkman
British Dictionary definitions for damask

damask

/ˈdæməsk/
noun
1.
  1. a reversible fabric, usually silk or linen, with a pattern woven into it. It is used for table linen, curtains, etc
  2. table linen made from this
  3. (as modifier): a damask tablecloth
2.
short for Damascus steel
3.
the wavy markings on such steel
4.
  1. the greyish-pink colour of the damask rose
  2. (as adjective): damask wallpaper
verb
5.
(transitive) another word for damascene (sense 1)
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin damascus, from Damascus, where this fabric was originally made
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Word Origin and History for damask
n.

late 14c., Damaske "cloth from Damascus," the Syrian city.

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