Origin of Batiste
From French batiste, a form of Baptiste, of disputed origin (“according to Littré and Scheler from the alleged original maker, Baptiste of Cambray; according to others, from its use in wiping the heads of children after baptism” – OED).
French from Old French perhaps after Baptiste of Cambrai, 13th-century textile maker
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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