ba·​tiste | \ bə-ˈtēst How to pronounce batiste (audio) , ba- \

Definition of batiste

: a fine soft sheer fabric of plain weave made of various fibers

First Known Use of batiste

1697, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for batiste

borrowed from French, earlier also baptiste, by hypercorrection from *batisse (associated with the proper name Baptiste, pronounced with cluster simplification as Batiste, Batisse), going back to Middle French (Picard) batiche, probably from bat-, stem of battre "to beat, separate (fiber for felting)" + -iche, Picard cognate of central French -isse, adjective suffix, going back to Old French -ice, feminine of -eiz, iz, going back to Latin -ātīcius, -itīcius — more at battery

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“Batiste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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