noun gos·sa·mer \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

:  a film of cobwebs floating in air in calm clear weather
:  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



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
GOSSAMERY Defined for Kids


noun gos·sa·mer \ˈgä-sə-mər, -zə-\

Definition of GOSSAMER for Kids

:  a film of cobwebs floating in the air


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