samite

noun

sa·​mite ˈsa-ˌmīt How to pronounce samite (audio)
ˈsā-
: a rich medieval silk fabric interwoven with gold or silver

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Textile experts at the Anglo-Saxon Laboratory in York, England, identified several samples as silk samite, a luxury fabric produced in weavers’ workshops in Byzantium, North Africa, or southern Spain. National Geographic, 24 Mar. 2016

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English samit, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin examitum, samitum, from Middle Greek hexamiton, from Greek, neuter of hexamitos of six threads, from hexa- + mitos thread of the warp

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of samite was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Samite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/samite. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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