Batiste Definition

bə-tēst, bă-
A fine, plain-woven fabric made from various fibers and used especially for clothing.
American Heritage
A fine, thin cloth of cotton, linen, rayon, wool, etc.
Webster's New World

A fine cloth made from cotton or linen; cambric.


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).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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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