bengaline

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French bengaline, from its resemblance to a kind of fabric imported from Bengal.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɛŋɡəliːn/

Noun[edit]

bengaline (plural bengalines)

  1. A fabric made from silk and worsted; poplin.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 415:
      Ruperta tonight was in a narrow black bengaline costume with a Medici collar and cuffs of bastard chinchilla.