dimity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dimity a strong cotton fabric with a raised pattern; used for bedcovers and curtains
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dimity A cotton fabric employed for hangings and furniture coverings, and formerly used for women's under-garments. It is of many patterns, both plain and twilled, and occasionally is printed in colors.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dimity pl. dimities (-tiz).
    • n dimity A stout cotton fabric ornamented in the loom with raised stripes or fancy figures, and usually employed undyed for bed and bedroom furniture. Patterns are sometimes printed upon it in colors.
    • n dimity A thin cotton fabric, either white or colored, resembling muslin, distinguished by raised threads or cords which run lengthwise of the cloth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dimity dim′i-ti a kind of stout white cotton cloth, striped or figured in the loom by weaving with two threads.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. fr. Gr. of double thread, dimity; di- = di`s- twice + a thread of the warp; prob. through D. diemet, of F. dimite, démitte,. Cf. Samite
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through the L., from Gr. dimitosdi-, twice, mitos, a thread.

Usage

In literature:

She wore a pale blue dimity, whose round, full blouse was belted with a soft ribbon.
"Patty's Friends" by Carolyn Wells
Lustrous silks and dainty dimities; embroidered muslins and heavy velvets; Patty had never seen such a sight.
"Patty's Summer Days" by Carolyn Wells
Sylvia moved to the dimity-draped dresser and took off her hat.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
She had contributed a window shade and dimity curtains; Susan a braided rug and a chair cushion.
"Ladies-In-Waiting" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Everything was scrupulously clean, even to the dimity vallance that hung across the low window.
"Little Folks (July 1884)" by Various
Ample curtains of white dimity clothed the three windows and lightly draped the bed.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
How about the dimity in the room which will be Fluff's?
"Frances Kane's Fortune" by L. T. Meade
But most fascinating of all was the long, low, lattice-window with its white dimity curtains, and frill across the top.
"The Carroll Girls" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
It, too, was all in white, carpet, curtains and dimity coverings.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
So she stepped into the pantry and pushed aside the white dimity curtain at the window in the door which opened into the kitchen.
"The Girls of Central High on Lake Luna" by Gertrude W. Morrison
It had dimity curtains.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
She ought to have a little pink dimity.
"The Rosie World" by Parker Fillmore
Then the dimity was all furled, and with the ashen sails we strove might and main to get beneath the high cliffs of the little port.
"Los Gringos" by H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
She wears a straw bonnet, with white ribbands on it, And dimity petticoats over her knee.
"The Nursery Rhymes of England" by Various
A ray of sunlight filtering through the white dimity curtains cast a checkered shadow on the antique rug.
"Molly Brown's Sophomore Days" by Nell Speed
Miss Lois's curtains were of white dimity with knotted fringe, and her walls were freshly whitewashed.
"Anne" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
She gloried in the lengths of dimity and poplin, in the intricacies of new stitches and embroidery.
"Leerie" by Ruth Sawyer
Down toward her corner of the garden she went, her dimity skirts daintily uplifted.
"The Master's Violin" by Myrtle Reed
It was opened directly by his sister, who had evidently just risen from an old dimity-covered easy-chair.
"The Master of the Ceremonies" by George Manville Fenn
The white dimity curtains overshadowed the loving sleepers.
"John Marchmont's Legacy, Volumes I-III" by Mary E. Braddon
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In poetry:

That Biships to hobbins should bend —
Should stoop from their Bench's sublimity,
Great dealers in lawn, to befriend
Such contemptible dealers in dimity!
"Cotton and Corn" by Thomas Moore