mus·​lin | \ ˈməz-lən \

Definition of muslin 

: a plain-woven sheer to coarse cotton fabric

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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 Smooth a muslin strip over the area, pull the skin taut, then yank the strip back in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Kayleigh Donahue, Allure, "Allure's Guide to Hair Removal From Your Brows to Your Bikini Line," 6 June 2018 Spice Bags, made with 100 percent cotton muslin and sturdy enough for hours of braising. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How Herbs and Spices Can Make You Cook Like a Pro," 13 Nov. 2018 This thick, balm-like cleanser stands out for being one of the OG balm cleansers on the market and includes a muslin cloth for removing the product. Talia Abbas, SELF, "This Balmy Face Wash Turned Me Into a Double-Cleansing Fanatic," 12 Nov. 2018 After they've been cleaned, linens should be stored in a cool, dry and dark place, wrapped in cotton, muslin or acid-free archival paper. Jolie Kerr, Town & Country, "How to Clean Table Linens," 10 Feb. 2017 Each one came out in her muslin underwear, fully covering all but her arms and lower limbs. Ruth Sowby Rands,, "On the Town: Women’s Council donates $20,000 to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital," 19 June 2018 On one occasion, Bickerdyke ordered privileged white ladies to drop their petticoats so the muslin could be used to bandage the unwrapped stumps of amputees. Harold Holzer, WSJ, "Burning Down the South," 7 June 2018 Night: Eve Lom Cleanser with muslin cloths, then Biologique Recherche P50 1970 before my skin care. Jane Larkworthy, The Cut, "Macy’s Nata Dvir Has Probably Tried the Skin-Care Product That’s Right for You," 30 May 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 \

Kids Definition of muslin

: a cotton fabric of plain weave

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