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cad·​dis ˈka-dəs How to pronounce caddis (audio)
variants or less commonly caddice
: worsted yarn
specifically : a worsted ribbon or binding formerly used for garters and girdles


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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English cadas cotton wool, from Anglo-French cadaz, from Old Occitan cadarz

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1530, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1651, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caddis was in 1530

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Cite this Entry

“Caddis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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