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[loot-string] /ˈlutˌstrɪŋ/
a silk fabric of high sheen, formerly used in the manufacture of dresses.
a narrow ribbon finished with a high gloss.
Origin of lutestring
1655-65; by folk etymology < French lustrine < Italian lustrino. See luster1, -ine1 Unabridged
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  • Now a new singer, and anon a new colour in lutestring, or a new style of headdress, or a new game at cards.

    Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Look 'ee, now, at this lutestring piece I got to Penzance church-town.

    Beggars on Horseback F. Tennyson Jesse
  • Charles Townshend calls the present a lutestring Ministry; fit only for the summer.

  • She sent me home a lutestring nightgown of the sweetest sea-green only yesterday.

    Mohawks, Volume 2 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • This was all of a piece with his rage at lutestring the day before.

  • So that those two poor little bits of lutestring ribbon were the only outward signs of new bereavement.

    Oldfield Nancy Huston Banks
  • He sang in the choir and I had a white dress and a bonnet trimmed with lutestring ribbon.

    Flower of the Dusk Myrtle Reed
  • The sound of a horn blown faintly to test it within the gatehouse, the tinkle of a lutestring, brought to the King's lips: 'Aye.

    The Fifth Queen Ford Madox Ford
British Dictionary definitions for lutestring


(textiles) a variant of lustring
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