ba·​tik | \ bə-ˈtēk How to pronounce batik (audio) , ˈba-tik How to pronounce batik (audio) \

Definition of batik

1a : a fabric printed by an Indonesian method of hand-printing textiles by coating with wax the parts not to be dyed also : the method itself
b : a design executed in batik
2a : a method of decorating an egg or other object by coating parts of the object's surface with wax to resist dye … a Russian method of egg decorating known as batik.— Susan Antigone Ukrainian batik eggs It's a 2,000-year-old art that involves painting symbolic designs on eggs in batik style.— Leo Smith
b : a design so executed For a batik effect, hard-boil the eggs and while they are still warm criss-cross thick elastic bands around each one.— Jane Phillimore et al.

Examples of batik in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The patterns of the Pardon My French x Mizuno tracksuit pays homage to colorful African batiks. Gabrielle Pharms, Billboard, "Strike a Pose: 10 DJs Who Are Also Fashion Designers," 10 Dec. 2019 Head into the village and try your hand at batik painting on scarves, sarongs, and shirts, which will double as a beautiful memento from your trip. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Skip Phuket and Koh Samui—Go to This Island in Thailand Instead," 23 May 2019 Heiwa makes them in batik, naturally dried corn husks, leather, denim and wool and other materials at very affordable prices. Barbara Ballinger,, "10 ways to create a guest room that your holiday visitors won’t want to leave," 8 Oct. 2019 For breakfast, Café Rae with its bright batik decor and wide range of breakfast options is a solid choice with everything from omelettes and pancakes to huevos rancheros. Trisha Boyer, USA TODAY, "The SoCal beach towns you shouldn't miss between Los Angeles and San Diego," 27 Aug. 2019 Women in flowing batik dresses and thin men in shorts and sandals snacked from a platter of fruit and a platter of brownies; volunteers dispensed ice water from the bar. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Marianne Williamson Wants Politics to Enter the New Age," 14 Aug. 2019 His security detail — men with crew cuts, colorful batik shirts and black pants — seemed relaxed despite the unpredictable nature of the walkabouts. Washington Post, "AP Interview: Indonesia’s Widodo to push unpopular reforms," 27 July 2019 Indigo batik wallpaper contrasts with denim-like rollup shades and shibori pillows. Megan Barber, Curbed, "1960s Airstream transformed into modern oasis," 3 July 2019 There were batik prints and giant pompom embellishments. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Is What Street Style Looks Like in the Heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of batik

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for batik

Javanese baṭik

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27 Dec 2019

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“Batik.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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