gal·​loon gə-ˈlün How to pronounce galloon (audio)
: a narrow trimming (as of lace or braid with metallic threads) having both edges scalloped

Word History


borrowed from French galon "fabric edging used to decorate or reinforce apparel, curtains, etc.," going back to Middle French, derivative of galonner "to decorate (the hair) with gold or silver threads," going back to Old French galoner, of obscure origin

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of galloon was in 1604

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Cite this Entry

“Galloon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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