shan·​tung (ˌ)shan-ˈtəŋ How to pronounce shantung (audio)
: a fabric in plain weave having a slightly irregular surface due to uneven slubbed filling yarns

Examples of shantung in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Saponaro said he’s also added a slubbed shantung to the spring collection too. Nadja Sayej, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2023 Cofounder Dag Granath explains that the label primarily uses slubby shantung and dupioni weaves for its suiting. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 17 July 2022 The walls appear to be covered in grasscloth, but it’s actually silk shantung, a material with mileage in a number of nearby haute couture ateliers. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 1 Dec. 2021 Fabric surprises include velveteen shantungs, corduroys and washable fabrics like birdseye pique, linen and unbleached muslin. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2019 Bridal fashion is its own silk shantung and tulle spectator sport. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Apr. 2012 With a white jacket made of shantung — a natural silk that shows the occasional impurity — the suit also included a black skirt that fell below the knee, made of pleated wool. James McAuley, Washington Post, 5 July 2017

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Word History


Shantung (Shandong), China

First Known Use

circa 1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shantung was circa 1882

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“Shantung.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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