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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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  • Dozens of spectators in crisp khakis or seersucker suits tramp the playing field in rubber-and-leather duck boots.
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  • 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
n.

1722, from Hindi sirsakar, East Indian corruption of Persian shir o shakkar "striped cloth," literally "milk and sugar," a reference to the alternately smooth and puckered surfaces of the stripes. From Persian shir (cf. Sanskrit ksiram "milk") + shakar (cf. Pali sakkhara, Sanskrit sarkara "gravel, grit, sugar;" see sugar (n.)).

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