: 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, 7 Nov. 2020

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Word History


French, from Creton, Normandy

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cretonne was in 1863

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Cite this Entry

“Cretonne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a cotton or linen cloth

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