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noun dam·ask \ˈda-məsk\

Definition of damask

  1. 1 :  a firm lustrous fabric (as of linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) made with flat patterns in a satin weave on a plain-woven ground on jacquard looms

  2. 2 :  damascus steel; also :  the characteristic markings of this steel

  3. 3 :  a grayish red

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The English noun "damask" entered Middle English (as "damaske") from Medieval Latin damascus, taken from the name of the city of Damascus, one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. In contemporary English "damask" is applied to a lustrous fabric with a satin weave design, as well as to a type of steel (also called "Damascus steel") ornamented with a variegated surface and to a grayish red color associated with the damask rose. While the fabric, the steel, and the damask rose probably did not originate in Damascus, their long association with the ancient city has nevertheless impressed itself upon the English language.

Origin and Etymology of damask

Middle English damaske, from Medieval Latin damascus, from Damascus

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adjective dam·ask

Definition of damask

  1. 1 :  made of or resembling damask

  2. 2 :  of the color damask

First Known Use of damask

15th century

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DAMASK Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of damask for English Language Learners

  • : a thick usually shiny cloth that has patterns woven into it


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