jaconet

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Hindi जगन्नाथ (jagannāth) / Urdu جگنّاتھ (jagannāth), former name of Puri in India, where the material came from. Compare juggernaut.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒækənɪt/

Noun[edit]

jaconet (countable and uncountable, plural jaconets)

  1. A type of cotton cloth, especially as dyed and waterproofed.
    • 1817, Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, Chapter 10,[1]
      It would be mortifying to the feelings of many ladies, could they be made to understand how little the heart of man is affected by what is costly or new in their attire; how little it is biased by the texture of their muslin, and how unsusceptible of peculiar tenderness towards the spotted, the sprigged, the mull, or the jackonet.
    • 1979, Kyril Bonfiglioli, After You with the Pistol (Penguin 2001, p. 321),
      It really was beautifully executed, more like a forgery than a copy, for the copyist had laid it down on a jaconet backing and had even added a cachet de vente, a couple of collectors’ marks and a museum reference number.