grosgrain

noun
gros·​grain | \ ˈgrō-ˌgrān How to pronounce grosgrain (audio) \

Definition of grosgrain

: a strong close-woven corded fabric usually of silk or rayon and often with cotton filler — compare grogram

Examples of grosgrain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The shoes feature a grosgrain ribbon and a leather lining for luxurious comfort, while the bag, which is lined in leather, comes in six spring-worthy colors and folds flat for storage. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The Nordstrom Spring Sale is here—this is what you need to know," 26 Mar. 2020 Today, their cavernous factory space, cluttered with 1930s-era sewing machines and piles of grosgrain ribbon to embellish hats, is now set up so staff are seated several meters apart to prevent infections. Ivan Carvalho, Fortune, "Life in lockdown: How luxury designers in Italy’s fashion heartland are facing coronavirus," 13 Mar. 2020 The actor also wore a custom Burberry black wool mohair English-fit tuxedo with a black grosgrain bowtie. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars Style Watch: Top 10 Timepieces Worn by Spike Lee, Adam Driver and More," 11 Feb. 2020 Ribbon trim Elegant grosgrain trim from Samuel & Sons and brass nailheads around a chair seat make a simple reupholstering job look extra-custom. Eddie Ross, House Beautiful, "The Affordable Way to Make Your Dining Room Look Luxe," 24 Oct. 2019 Higher-quality material, such as satin, velvet or grosgrain ribbons will not only look nice on gifts, but will last for future uses. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how to recycle wrapping paper, other Christmas decorations," 27 Dec. 2019 With strong fabric glue, attach some wide black grosgrain ribbon for the handle, and a strip of marabou or feather boa for the cuff. Michele Filon, Woman's Day, "Hag Bags," 9 Sep. 2019 Other classic Gucci motifs, like green and red grosgrain ribbon, pop up in many of the preppier pieces. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "These Clothes Are Only for the Most Stylish Toddlers," 9 July 2018 Both nurseries were painted, wallpapered, and trimmed in grosgrain ribbon—a sweet alternative to traditional molding. Shoko Wanger, House Beautiful, "The Ultimate 90-Day Timeline for Designing a Nursery Suite," 27 May 2019

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First Known Use of grosgrain

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grosgrain

French gros grain coarse texture

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“Grosgrain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grosgrain. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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