ci·​ré | \ sə-ˈrā How to pronounce ciré (audio) , sē- \
variants: or less commonly cire

Definition of ciré

1 : a highly glazed finish for fabrics usually achieved by applying wax to the fabric
2 : a fabric or garment with a ciré finish

Examples of ciré in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of ciré

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ciré

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

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16 Jun 2021

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“Ciré.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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