cre·​tonne | \ ˈkrē-ˌtän How to pronounce cretonne (audio) , kri-ˈtän How to pronounce cretonne (audio) \

Definition of cretonne

: a strong cotton or linen cloth used especially for curtains and upholstery

Examples of cretonne in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An old piece of cretonne was brought down from the house to replace the dark pall with the palette that the artist had made his own: nature’s many greens, lavender, water lilies and forget-me-nots. The Economist, "For centuries, the colour black has tested artists’ ingenuity," 7 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of cretonne

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cretonne

French, from Creton, Normandy

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19 Nov 2020

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“Cretonne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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