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or sarsenet, sarsnet

[sahrs-nit] /ˈsɑrs nɪt/
a fine, soft fabric, often of silk, made in plain or twill weave and used especially for linings.
Origin of sarcenet
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English sarsenet < Anglo-French sarzinet, probably equivalent to sarzin- Saracen + -et -et Unabridged
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  • sarcenet also is a light webbed silk, and by degrees supplanted cendal.

    Chats on Costume G. Woolliscroft Rhead
  • I answerde 'sarcenet' by cause of the lest coste to helpe it forward.

    Chats on Costume G. Woolliscroft Rhead
  • After the usual compliments, I gave her the two pieces of sarcenet she had commissioned me to get.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • "I've laid by a pretty piece of sarcenet of which to make you a capuchin," she said promptly.

    Audrey Mary Johnston
  • Also two old short garments, paned of satin Bruges and of sarcenet of divers colours in the bodies.

  • sarcenet was in those days "a fine soft silk," the word being "probably derived from 'Saracen.'"

    Abigail Adams and Her Times Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • Whether that Fishpole made not a woman's gown of sarcenet of small pieces, and whether it was not worth 20s.

  • Here the Admiralty clerks wife had a mind to a petticoat of sarcenet bordered with black lace, and probably purchased it.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • And he saith he saw the curtains of sarcenet, but how many ells they were he knoweth not, but every ell was worth 3s.

  • Mr. Archfield came to bring me a pattern of sarcenet to match for poor young Madam in London.

    A Reputed Changeling Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for sarcenet


a fine soft silk fabric formerly from Italy and used for clothing, ribbons, etc
Word Origin
C15: from Old French sarzinet, from SarrazinSaracen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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