shan·​tung | \ (ˌ)shan-ˈtəŋ How to pronounce shantung (audio) \

Definition of shantung

: 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 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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First Known Use of shantung

circa 1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shantung

Shantung (Shandong), China

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“Shantung.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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