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[dim-i-tee] /ˈdɪm ɪ ti/
noun, plural dimities.
a thin cotton fabric, white, dyed, or printed, woven with a stripe or check of heavier yarn.
Origin of dimity
late Middle English
1400-50; earlier dimite, late Middle English demyt < Medieval Latin dimettum < Greek dímiton, noun use of neuter of dímitos double-threaded, equivalent to di- di-1 + mít(os) warp thread + -os adj. suffix; source of final syllable unclear Unabridged
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  • Betty says it'll match out her dimity, and I 'low to match Betty as long as I can.

    The Golden Bird Maria Thompson Daviess
  • There, on a little white bed with dimity curtains, lay the form of Isobel.

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • Harriet had just donned a dainty frock of dimity, and was now dusting her chestnut ringlets lightly with powder.

    Peggy Owen at Yorktown Lucy Foster Madison
  • I wonder if father hasn't got some other dimity in the store.

    The Duke of Stockbridge Edward Bellamy
  • "Give her the muslin," or "Spare not the dimity," frequently used in tropical chase of slavers.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • If the lawn or dimity has a colored figure, the embroidery silk or cotton may match this.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • From the embrace in which he and the worm and I indulged my lace and dimity came out much the worse.

    The Melting of Molly Maria Thompson Daviess
  • Juliet dropped a big blue denim pillow on the ground and sat down upon it in a flutter of dimity.

    The Indifference of Juliet Grace S. Richmond
  • Everything was scrupulously clean, even to the dimity vallance that hung across the low window.

  • We found her sitting up in bed, negligently but decently dressed, with a dimity corset tied with red ribbons.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for dimity


noun (pl) -ties
  1. a light strong cotton fabric with woven stripes or squares
  2. (as modifier): a dimity bonnet
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin dimitum, from Greek dimiton, from di-1 + mitos thread of the warp
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Word Origin and History for dimity

mid-15c., from Italian dimiti, plural of dimito, a name for a kind of strong cotton cloth, from Medieval Latin dimitum, from Greek dimitos "of double thread," from di- (see di- (1)) + mitos "warp thread, thread" (see mitre).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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