mus·​lin ˈməz-lən How to pronounce muslin (audio)
: a plain-woven sheer to coarse cotton fabric

Examples of muslin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ordinarily, the pristine niches are filled with muslin toiles, the first models for finished dresses. Amy Verner, Vogue, 23 Nov. 2023 This was the price of a muslin sheet that the guards used to wrap corpses before burying them in the desert. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 These archival items spanned from muslin dresses and bonnets constructed by enslaved women to a dress sewn by Rosa Parks during the Montgomery Bus Boycotts. Iris Haastrup, Essence, 24 Oct. 2023 Step 2: Mark Border Lay the two muslin pieces on top of each other or fold your piece in half. Hannah Bruneman, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 The muslin material can help regulate the baby’s temperature, providing coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 25 Oct. 2023 Some start with mood boards, while others go right into building on the form with muslin. Essence, 12 Sep. 2023 Our testing parents found that the muslin, while warm, is breathable enough to use in transitional weather and that through washing, the fabric got even softer over time. Samson McDougall, Parents, 8 Sep. 2023 It’s also made of muslin fabric and features 100% polyfill. Alida Nugent, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of muslin was in 1609

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Cite this Entry

“Muslin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


mus·​lin ˈməz-lən How to pronounce muslin (audio)
: a cotton fabric of plain weave

from French mousseline "muslin," derived from Arabic mawṣilī "of Mosul (a city in Iraq)"

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