Gossamer meaning

gŏsə-mər
Something that is light, delicate, or sheer, such as fabric.
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The definition of a gossamer is a cobweb, or a soft, sheer piece of cloth.

An example of a gossamer is a very lightweight, sheer piece of fabric.

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The definition of gossamer is light, thin and filmy.

An example of something gossamer is a layer of bubble liquid spread in the air.

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A fine film of cobwebs that is often seen floating in the air or is caught on bushes or grass.
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Sheer, light, or delicate.
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A filmy cobweb floating in the air or spread on bushes or grass.
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A very thin, soft, filmy cloth.
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(former) A lightweight waterproof coat.
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Anything like gossamer in lightness, flimsiness, etc.
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Light, thin, and filmy.
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A fine film or strand as of cobwebs, floating in the air or caught on bushes etc.
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Anything delicate, light and flimsy.
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Tenuous, light, filmy or delicate.

"The heaven was spangled with tremulous stars, and at the horizon the clouds hung down in gossamer folds---God's robe trailing in the sea!" — Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907)

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Origin of gossamer

  • Middle English gossomer gos goose goose somer summer (probably from the abundance of gossamer during early autumn when geese migrate and are often hunted) summer1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English gossomer, from gos (“goose”) + somer (“summer”).

    From Wiktionary