plis·​sé | \ pli-ˈsā How to pronounce plissé (audio) \
variants: or plisse

Definition of plissé

1 : a fabric with a plissé finish
2 : a textile finish of permanently puckered designs formed by treating with a sodium hydroxide solution

Examples of plissé in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wallpaper print has enjoyed a revival in 2020, as plisse, damask and toile de jouy prints made their return onto whimsical apparel this spring. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 13 Oct. 2020 An intarsia velvet plisse dress, which took 960 hours to make, had blown-up baroque motifs. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of plissé

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plissé

French plissé, from past participle of plisser to pleat, from Middle French, from pli fold, from plier to fold — more at ply

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“Plissé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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