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From Old French cendal.


sendal (plural sendals)

  1. (historical) A light silk cloth.
    • 1903, A. W. Pollard (ed.), Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory (1485) , volume II, Bk. XIII, chapter IV:
      THE king was right glad of his words, and said unto the good man: Sir, ye be right welcome, and the young knight with you. Then the old man made the young man to unarm him, and he was in a coat of red sendal, and bare a mantle upon his shoulder that was furred with ermine, and put that upon him.
      1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter iiij, in Le Morte Darthur, book XIII:
      THe kynge was ryghte gladde of his wordes / and said vnto the good man / syr ye be ryghte welcome / and the yonge knyȝte with yow / Thenne the old man made the yong man to vnarme hym / and he was in a cote of reed sendel / & bare a mantel vpon his sholder that was furred with ermyn / and put that vpon hym
    • 1600, Edward Fairfax, The Jerusalem Delivered of Tasso, Book VIII, lv:
      And how in sendal wrapt away he bore / That head with him hung at his saddle-bow.
    • 1885, Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Vol.5:
      We've crowned our meeting with a close embrace / On quilts where new brocades with sendal blend [].