mus·​lin | \ ˈməz-lən How to pronounce muslin (audio) \

Definition of muslin

: a plain-woven sheer to coarse cotton fabric

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Inside, Barton thriftily used bandage muslin as a covering for the ceilings and walls and to suspend a light fixture. Eliza Mcgraw, Washington Post, "These national historic sites celebrate great women. Shouldn’t they have more visitors?," 4 Sep. 2019 The silk is mounted on muslin, for a wall covering so strong some people move it between houses. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Home near Cranbrook's art objects is filled with space and glamour," 3 Aug. 2019 After draping the dress in muslin, Moralioglu and his team built out several iterations of the look in the fil-coupé material, tweaking and perfecting the bubble-like shape. Amanda Brooks, Vogue, "From Sketch to Dress: How Erdem Revived an Italian Principessa in Custom Fil Coupé," 26 Feb. 2019 Even preparing the pot for cooking, by tying a porous muslin cloth around a frame and tightening it with a piece of bamboo, required some trial and error. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "The Art of Banh Cuon, Vietnamese Rice Rolls," 20 June 2019 The first fitting is in muslin, which is part of the ritual. Danielle Steel, Harper's BAZAAR, "Danielle Steele: A Fashion Love Story," 2 May 2019 One end of the room is filled with racks of samples—some still pinned as muslin patterns—which will be edited for the wholesale presentation. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How Designer Wes Gordon is Reimagining Carolina Herrera for the Next Generation," 6 Dec. 2018 Luckily, cleaning your muslin is as easy as throwing it in the wash and hanging it to air dry. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "The 6 Best Muslin Cloths for Exfoliating Your Face, According to Derms," 17 Apr. 2018 Toiles are traditionally cut from off-white muslin, but for garments that were going to be black Balenciaga cut toiles from black percale, twill, or tarlatan. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Balenciaga in Black’ Review: Fashion Goes to the Dark Side," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of muslin

1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for muslin

French mousseline, from Italian mussolina, from Arabic mawṣilī of Mosul, from al-Mawṣil Mosul, Iraq

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The first known use of muslin was in 1609

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English Language Learners Definition of muslin

: a thin and loosely woven cotton cloth


mus·​lin | \ ˈməz-lən How to pronounce muslin (audio) \

Kids Definition of muslin

: a cotton fabric of plain weave

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