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From French galon, from galonner (to braid).



galloon (countable and uncountable, plural galloons)

  1. A braided trimming with bullion thread, used on men's coats in the eighteenth century, on women's apparel in the nineteenth, and on such furnishings as draperies or cushions.
    • 1918, Abraham Yarmolinsky, translating Ivan Bunin, The Gentleman from San Francisco:
      And when the "Atlantis" had finally entered the port and all its many-decked mass leaned against the quay, and the gang-plank began to rattle heavily, — what a crowd of porters, with their assistants, in caps with golden galloons, what a crowd of various boys and husky ragamuffins with pads of colored postal cards attacked the Gentleman from San Francisco, offering their services!
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 194:
      His hair is tied back with a bit of silver galloon, and he is dressed with panache in a blue velvet jacket, white silk hose, buckled pumps.

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  • Irish: galún


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