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moiré

[mwah-rey, mawr-ey, mohr-ey; French mwa-rey] /mwɑˈreɪ, ˈmɔr eɪ, ˈmoʊr eɪ; French mwaˈreɪ/
adjective
1.
(of silks and other fabrics) presenting a watery or wavelike appearance.
noun
2.
a design pressed on silk, rayon, etc., by engraved rollers.
3.
any silk, rayon, etc., fabric with a watery or wavelike appearance.
4.
Printing. an interference pattern of dots appearing in the print of process color.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < French; see moire, -ee
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  • Encase elegant textiles between two sheets of plastic and the result is moire effects, translucency and subtle patterns.
British Dictionary definitions for moiré

moiré

/ˈmwɑːreɪ/
adjective
1.
having a watered or wavelike pattern
noun
2.
such a pattern, impressed on fabrics by means of engraved rollers
3.
any fabric having such a pattern; moire
4.
Also moiré pattern. a pattern seen when two geometrical patterns, such as grids, are visually superimposed
Word Origin
C17: from French, from moiremohair

moire

/mwɑː/
noun
1.
a fabric, usually silk, having a watered effect
Word Origin
C17: from French, earlier mouaire, from mohair
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Word Origin and History for moiré

moire

n.

"watered silk," 1650s, from French moire (17c.); see mohair. As an adjective, moiré "having the appearance of watered silk," it is attested from 1823.

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