crepe de chine

noun, often capitalized second C
\ ˌkrāp-də-ˈshēn How to pronounce crepe de chine (audio) \
variants: or crêpe de chine

Definition of crepe de chine

: a soft fine or sheer clothing crepe especially of silk

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Very much more often they are made of crepe de chine, or, failing that, of Japanese silk. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "WWI’s Zeppelin Bombings Popularized the Trend of ‘Pyjamas’," 7 Feb. 2018 Expect to pay about $400 for a crepe de chine blouse or $1,100 for a metallic tapestry coat with bell sleeves. Kavita Daswani,, "Erica Tanov moves into the Row DTLA; Travis Scott teams up with Ksubi for capsule collection," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of crepe de chine

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crepe de chine

French crêpe de Chine, literally, China crepe

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