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From Middle English damaske, from Medieval Latin damascus, named after the city Damascus, where the fabric was originally made.



damask (countable and uncountable, plural damasks)

  1. An ornate silk fabric originating from Damascus.
    True damasks are pure silk.
    • 1836 March – 1837 October, Charles Dickens, “(please specify the chapter name)”, in The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, London: Chapman and Hall, [], published 1837, OCLC 28228280:
      [] but what struck Tom's fancy most was a strange, grim-looking, high backed chair, carved in the most fantastic manner, with a flowered damask cushion, and the round knobs at the bottom of the legs carefully tied up in red cloth, as if it had got the gout in its toes.
  2. Linen so woven that a pattern is produced by the different directions of the thread, without contrast of colour.
  3. A heavy woolen or worsted stuff with a pattern woven in the same way as the linen damask; made for furniture covering and hangings.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., [], [1933], OCLC 2666860, page 0016:
      Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire.
  4. Damascus steel
  5. The peculiar markings or water of such steel.
  6. A damask rose, Rosa × damascena.
  7. A grayish-pink color, like that of the damask rose.



damask (comparative more damask, superlative most damask)

  1. Of a grayish-pink color, like that of the damask rose.



damask (third-person singular simple present damasks, present participle damasking, simple past and past participle damasked)

  1. To decorate or weave in damascene patterns
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 2, page 19:
      Madame de Mercœur had herself arranged her dress, which was splendid white silk, damasked with silver flowers; but it was with much internal misgiving that she put on the graceful cap and plume.

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From Italian damasco (damask).


  • IPA(key): /damask/, [ˈd̥amasɡ̊]


damask n (singular definite damasket, not used in plural form)

  1. damask

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damask c

  1. spat, gaiter


Declension of damask 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative damask damasken damasker damaskerna
Genitive damasks damaskens damaskers damaskernas