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[groh-greyn] /ˈgroʊˌgreɪn/
a heavy, corded ribbon or cloth of silk or rayon.
1865-70; < French gros grain large grain
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grosgrained, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for grosgrain
  • The yellow-frosted dome of the hat is covered with perky white lilies and is banded with a yellow grosgrain ribbon.
  • When there is draping in a jacket or a dress, it's done with an interior system of grosgrain ribbons holding the folds in place.
  • grosgrain ribbon and buttons will turn an otherwise plain t-shirt into a wearable garden.
  • Hall is wearing the hatband, grosgrain, that probably came with the hat.
  • Explain that the texture of horsehair covering would be similar to the grosgrain ribbon.
British Dictionary definitions for grosgrain


a heavy ribbed silk or rayon fabric or tape for trimming clothes, etc
Word Origin
C19: from French gros grain coarse grain; see gross, grain
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