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dimity

[dim-i-tee] /ˈdɪm ɪ ti/
noun, plural dimities.
1.
a thin cotton fabric, white, dyed, or printed, woven with a stripe or check of heavier yarn.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
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dimity

/ˈdɪmɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
  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
n.

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).

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Encyclopedia Article for dimity

(from Greek dimitos, "of double thread"), lightweight, sheer cotton fabric with two or more warp threads thrown into relief, forming fine cords. Originally dimity was made of silk or wool, but since the 18th century it has been woven almost exclusively of cotton.

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