noun (1)
\ ˈmȯi(-ə)r How to pronounce moire (audio) , ˈmȯr How to pronounce moire (audio) , ˈmwär How to pronounce moire (audio) \

Definition of moire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a watered mohair


noun (2)
moi·​ré | \ mȯ-ˈrā How to pronounce moiré (audio) , mwä- \
variants: or moire \ mȯ-​ˈrā How to pronounce moiré (audio) , mwä-​ or  ˈmȯi(-​ə)r How to pronounce moiré (audio) , ˈmȯr How to pronounce moiré (audio) , ˈmwär How to pronounce moiré (audio) \

Definition of moiré (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an irregular wavy finish on a fabric
b : a ripple pattern on a stamp
2 : a fabric having a wavy watered appearance
3 : an independent usually shimmering pattern seen when two geometrically regular patterns (such as two sets of parallel lines or two halftone screens) are superimposed especially at an acute angle

Other Words from moire

Noun (2)

moiré or moire adjective

First Known Use of moire

Noun (1)

1660, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for moire

Noun (1)

French, from English mohair

Noun (2)

French moiré, from moiré like moire, from moire

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“Moire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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