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[awr-guh n-dee] /ˈɔr gən di/
noun, plural organdies.
a fine, thin cotton fabric usually having a durable crisp finish, white, dyed, or printed: used for blouses, dresses, curtains, trimmings, etc.
Also, organdie.
Origin of organdy
1825-35; < French organdi, of obscure origin Unabridged
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  • We wore white organdy dresses and waved regally from the queen's frothy float.
  • Her bouffant shoulder-length veil was trimmed in organdy flowers and pearls.
  • The boxes had organdy screening on the top and four sides to allow air circulation.
  • The bridesmaids wore charming gowns of white organdy and carried bouquets of white sweet peas.
  • Her maid was in pink taffeta, veiled in white organdy, and carried pink roses.
British Dictionary definitions for organdy


noun (pl) -dies
a fine and slightly stiff cotton fabric used esp for dresses
Word Origin
C19: from French organdi, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for organdy

"fine transparent muslin," 1829, from French organdi "sorte de Mousseline ou toile de coton" (1725), of unknown origin. Barnhart suggests it is an alteration of Organzi, from medieval form of Urgench, city in Uzbekistan that was a cotton textile center.

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