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

Definition of muslin

: a plain-woven sheer to coarse cotton fabric

Examples of muslin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her dress was a plain white muslin, so fine in texture . . . National Geographic, "India's warrior queen didn't back down from the British," 6 Oct. 2020 Steep the spices in a muslin sack or specialty grain bag for easy removal. Joshua M. Bernstein, Popular Mechanics, "Home-Brewing Isn’t a Science—It’s an Art. Here's How to Make Your Own Masterpiece," 26 Feb. 2020 The naval training station also isolated anyone who was sick, placed muslin screens between bunks or hammocks and heated the spigots of all drinking fountains with a gas torch twice a day. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Extreme actions during Spanish flu may preview decisions on coronavirus today," 7 Mar. 2020 The classic military triangular bandage, or cravat, is made of muslin cotton. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "The Survival Gear You Want When Things Go Wrong in the Backcountry," 20 Feb. 2020 Her work-around is shipping each item in reusable muslin bags. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "Why Aren't More Backcountry Foods Packaged Sustainably?," 21 Jan. 2020 Emma Hardie's cleansing cloths are great because one side is microfiber to help remove product and the other is muslin to help provide a deep cleanse. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "How I Got Rid of Two Pimples the Week of a Wedding," 27 Dec. 2019 The one-minute trailer ends with the promise of the most magical muslin — and Harry, Hermione and even Ron would likely have to agree. Anya Leon,, "How Charming! Aden + Anais Debuts Whimsical Limited Edition Harry Potter Collection," 19 Sep. 2019 Textiles formed the leitmotiv of the collection: heavy male wools, rough silk and muslin. Colleen Barry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Milan: Less is more at Prada, Arbesser keeps it personal," 18 Sep. 2019

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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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31 Oct 2020

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“Muslin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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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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