swans·​down | \ ˈswänz-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce swansdown (audio) \

Definition of swansdown

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, "Ninja Sushi and Hibachi: Finding fine sushi on Lake Erie shores," 3 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of swansdown

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Swansdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swansdown. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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