Very fine, soft silk cloth; part of the trade in imported luxuries brought to England in the 12c and after from the East, often via Venice. It was named after the OldFr. drap sarrasinois = Saracen cloth; the French being garbled by the English. -
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  • Sarcenet — Sarce net, n. [OF. sarcenet; cf. LL. saracenicum cloth made by Saracens. See {Saracen}.] A species of fine thin silk fabric, used for linings, etc. [Written also {sarsenet}.] [1913 Webster] Thou green sarcenet flap for a sore eye. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sarcenet — A thin, sheer silk of soft finish of the veiling character, used as lining in millinery. The name is derived from the Arab Saracens by whom it was worn in their head dress. The earliest figured silks known and produced in Europe were thin,… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • sarcenet — [särs′net΄] n. [ME sarsenet < Anglo Fr sarzinett, dim. < OFr Sarrazin: see SARACEN] a soft silk cloth, formerly used for ribbons, linings, etc …   English World dictionary

  • sarcenet — I. noun or sarsenet Etymology: Middle English sarsynet, from Anglo French sarzinett Date: 15th century a soft thin silk in plain or twill weaves; also a garment made of this II. adjective or sarsenet Date: 1521 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sarcenet — var. of SARSENET. * * * sarcenet(t obs. forms or variants of sarsenet …   Useful english dictionary

  • sarcenet — /sahrs nit/, n. a fine, soft fabric, often of silk, made in plain or twill weave and used esp. for linings. Also, sarsenet, sarsnet. [1425 75; late ME sarsenet < AF sarzinet, prob. equiv. to sarzin SARACEN + et ET] * * * …   Universalium

  • sarcenet — n. soft fine silk (used for ribbons, veils, linings); cloth made of this fabric …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sarcenet — noun variant spelling of sarsenet …   English new terms dictionary

  • sarcenet — sarce·net …   English syllables

  • sarcenet — sarce•net or sarsenet or sars•net [[t]ˈsɑrs nɪt[/t]] n. tex a fine, soft fabric, often of silk, made in plain or twill weave and used esp. for linings • Etymology: 1425–75; late ME < AF sarzinet, prob. =sarzin Saracen+ et et …   From formal English to slang

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