pon·​gee ˌpän-ˈjē How to pronounce pongee (audio)
often attributive
: a thin soft fabric of Chinese origin woven from raw silk
also : an imitation of this fabric in cotton or a synthetic fiber (as of polyester or rayon)

Examples of pongee in a Sentence

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Word History


Chinese (Beijing) běnjī, from běn own + loom

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pongee was in 1711

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Cite this Entry

“Pongee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pongee. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


pon·​gee (ˈ)pän-ˈjē How to pronounce pongee (audio)
: a thin soft silk fabric of Chinese origin
: an imitation of pongee in cotton or synthetic fiber
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