pillow lace


: lace made with a bobbin

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the 18th century, Ipswich was known not for its clams but for its pillow lace. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Before lace became mass-produced in the 1820s, pillow lace represented the pinnacle of fashion, with a yard equal in value to a cord of wood or 16 pounds of wool. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2021

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Word History


from its being worked over a pillow on which the pattern is marked

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pillow lace was in 1815

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“Pillow lace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pillow%20lace. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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