le·​no ˈlē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce leno (audio)
: an open weave in which pairs of warp yarns cross one another and thereby lock the filling yarn in position
: a fabric made with a leno weave

Examples of leno in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The textures keep multiplying: this time, the leno weave has the wincing firmness of surgical stitching, while some of the paler rose threads have a lovely softness and shimmer. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2024

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Word History


perhaps from French linon linen fabric, lawn, from Middle French lin flax, linen, from Latin linum flax

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of leno was in 1821

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Cite this Entry

“Leno.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leno. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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