tor·​chon ˈtȯr-ˌshän How to pronounce torchon (audio)
: a coarse bobbin or machine-made lace made with fan-shaped designs forming a scalloped edge

Word History


French, dust cloth, from Old French, handful of straw for wiping, from torchier to wipe, rub, from torche bundle of twisted straw, from Vulgar Latin *torca — more at torch

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of torchon was in 1865

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Cite this Entry

“Torchon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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