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From Osnaburg, the former English name of the German city of Osnabrück (from which it may have been first imported into English-speaking countries).


osnaburg (countable and uncountable, plural osnaburgs)

  1. (now chiefly US) A plain, coarse textile fabric made from flax, tow or jute yarns. [from 15th c.]
    • 1791, Charlotte Smith, Celestina, Broadview 2004, p. 258:
      [I]f he attended those solemn meetings at which the price of freight or the quality of Osnaburghs was discussed, he turned the venerable persons of the old merchants and grocers into ridicule [] .


osnaburg (comparative more osnaburg, superlative most osnaburg)

  1. (now chiefly US) Designating or made from this fabric. [from 17th c.]