swansdown

noun

swans·​down ˈswänz-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce swansdown (audio)
1
: the soft downy feathers of the swan often used as trimming on articles of dress
2
: a heavy cotton flannel that has a thick nap on the face and is made with sateen weave

Examples of swansdown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a lot more to like at Ninja, like delicate little Shumai, dumplings stuffed with minced shrimp, soft and light as swansdown. Beth Segal, cleveland, 3 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of swansdown was in 1606

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“Swansdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swansdown. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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