Muslin meaning

mŭzlĭn
Any of various sturdy cotton fabrics of plain weave.
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Any of various strong, often sheer cotton fabrics of plain weave, esp., a heavy variety used for sheets, pillowcases, etc.
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(textile) Any of several varieties of thin cotton cloth.
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(US) Fabric made of cotton, flax (linen), hemp, or silk, finely or coarsely woven.
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A term used for a wide variety of tightly-woven thin fabrics, especially those used for bedlinen. (US) Woven cotton or linen fabrics, especially when used for items other than garments.
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A dressmaker's pattern made from inexpensive cloth for fitting.
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Origin of muslin

  • French mousseline from Italian mussolina from Mussolo , Mosul, Iraq from Arabic (al-)Mawṭil from mawṭil place of joining from waṭala to join wṭl in Semitic roots

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

  • From French mousseline, from Italian mussolina, from Mussolo (“Mosul"), that is Mosul in northern Iraq (compare 1875 Knight, Edward H., Knight's American Mechanical Dictionary, V2 p1502: "Muslins are so called from Moussol in India.")

    From Wiktionary