ci·​ré sə-ˈrā How to pronounce ciré (audio)
variants or less commonly cire
: a highly glazed finish for fabrics usually achieved by applying wax to the fabric
: a fabric or garment with a ciré finish

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The works showed mastery of the cire perdue technique, used by Renaissance sculptors to cast molten metal using waxed molds. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 4 June 2021 This form of cire perdue allowed him to create many of his elaborated molds of spiraling 18-carat gold (mixed to his own specifications to a warm, but not over-warm, tone) in one movement, before putting them in cold water to set. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, 1 June 2018

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Word History


French, from past participle of cirer to wax, from cire wax, from Old French, from Latin cera — more at cerumen

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ciré was in 1921

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Cite this Entry

“Ciré.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



ci·​ré sə-ˈrā How to pronounce ciré (audio)
: a shiny fabric that looks wet
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