gossamer


1gos·sa·mer

noun \ˈgä-sə-mər also ˈgäz-mər, ˈgä-zə-\

: a piece of a spider's web

: a very light or delicate material

Full Definition of GOSSAMER

1
:  a film of cobwebs floating in air in calm clear weather
2
:  something light, delicate, or insubstantial <the gossamer of youth's dreams — Andrea Parke>
gos·sa·mery \-mə-rē\ adjective

Examples of GOSSAMER

  1. a butterfly's wings of gossamer

Origin of GOSSAMER

Middle English gossomer, from gos goose + somer summer
First Known Use: 14th century

2gossamer

adjective

Definition of GOSSAMER

:  extremely light, delicate, or tenuous

Examples of GOSSAMER

  1. <fairies are usually depicted as wearing gossamer or tattered clothing>
  2. <the gossamer veil seemed to float about the bride as she walked down the aisle>

First Known Use of GOSSAMER

circa 1807

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: gossamer fern
Previous Word in the Dictionary: gospodin
All Words Near: gossamer

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up gossamer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More