ben·​ga·​line ˈbeŋ-gə-ˌlēn How to pronounce bengaline (audio)
: a fabric with a crosswise rib made from textile fibers (such as rayon, nylon, cotton, or wool) often in combination

Word History


French, from Bengal

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bengaline was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Bengaline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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