selvage

noun sel·vage \ ˈsel-vij \
variants: or selvedge
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of selvage

1 a :the edge on either side of a woven or flat-knitted fabric so finished as to prevent raveling; specifically :a narrow border often of different or heavier threads than the fabric and sometimes in a different weave
b :an edge (as of fabric or paper) meant to be cut off and discarded
2 :an outer or peripheral part :border, edge

selvaged

or selvedged play \ˈsel-vijd\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of selvage

Middle English selfegge, selvage, from self self + egge edge (after Middle Dutch selfegghe)


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