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seersucker

[seer-suhk-er] /ˈsɪərˌsʌk ər/
noun
1.
a plainwoven cotton, rayon, or linen fabric: traditionally a striped cotton with alternate stripes crinkled in the weaving.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < Hindi sīrsakar < Persian shīr o shakar literally, milk and sugar
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Examples for seersucker
  • Dozens of spectators in crisp khakis or seersucker suits tramp the playing field in rubber-and-leather duck boots.
  • Some things are even worse than plaid with seersucker.
  • She arrived with her father, who wore a blue seersucker suit, a salmon-pink shirt and a chartreuse bow tie.
  • In the middle room, linen and raw-silk blankets sit with seersucker pillowcases atop cotton sheets.
British Dictionary definitions for seersucker

seersucker

/ˈsɪəˌsʌkə/
noun
1.
a light cotton, linen, or other fabric with a crinkled surface and often striped
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi śīrśakar, from Persian shīr o shakkar, literally: milk and sugar
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Word Origin and History for seersucker
seersucker
1722, from Hindi sirsakar, E. Indian corruption of Pers. shir o shakkar "striped cloth," lit. "milk and sugar," an allusion to the alternately smooth and puckered surfaces of the stripes. From Pers. shir (cf. Skt. ksiram "milk") + shakar (cf. Pali sakkhara, Skt. sarkara "gravel, grit, sugar;" see sugar).
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