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selvage

noun sel·vage \ˈsel-vij\

Definition of selvage

  1. 1a :  the edge on either side of a woven or flat-knitted fabric so finished as to prevent raveling; specifically :  a narrow border often of different or heavier threads than the fabric and sometimes in a different weaveb :  an edge (as of fabric or paper) meant to be cut off and discarded

  2. 2 :  an outer or peripheral part :  border, edge

sel·vaged or sel·vedged play \-vijd\ adjective


Variants of selvage

or sel·vedge play \ˈsel-vij\

Origin of selvage

Middle English selfegge, selvage, from self self + egge edge (after Middle Dutch selfegghe)


First Known Use: 15th century


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