Simple Definition of damask
: a thick usually shiny cloth that has patterns woven into it
Full Definition of damask
1 : a firm lustrous fabric (as of linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) made with flat patterns in a satin weave on a plain-woven ground on jacquard looms
2 : damascus steel; also : the characteristic markings of this steel
3 : a grayish red
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The English noun "damask" entered Middle English (as "damaske") from Medieval Latin damascus, taken from the name of the city of Damascus, one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. In contemporary English "damask" is applied to a lustrous fabric with a satin weave design, as well as to a type of steel (also called "Damascus steel") ornamented with a variegated surface and to a grayish red color associated with the damask rose. While the fabric, the steel, and the damask rose probably did not originate in Damascus, their long association with the ancient city has nevertheless impressed itself upon the English language.
Origin of damask
Middle English damaske, from Medieval Latin damascus, from Damascus
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of damask
1 : made of or resembling damask
2 : of the color damask
First Known Use of damask
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