stockinet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stockinet knit used especially for infants' wear and undergarments
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stockinet An elastic textile fabric imitating knitting, of which stockings, under-garments, etc., are made.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stockinet An elastic knitted textile fabric, of which undergarments, etc., are made. Also spelled stockinget or stockingette, and also called jersey, jersey cloth, and elastic cloth.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Stockinet an elastic knitted fabric for under-garments
    • ***

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From stock, the stockings being the nether-stocks when the long hose came to be cut at the knee.

Usage

In literature:

The king and his ministers were first encased in tight-fitting stockinet shirts and drawers.
"The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 5 (of 5) of the Raven Edition" by Edgar Allan Poe
Otherwise the "clockings" in the black stockinet would have lost their value.
"Moriah's Mourning and Other Half-Hour Sketches" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
The nightgowns should be made of soft cotton flannel or stockinet.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
Stockinet is a good material for diapers; it is soft, warm, and pliable.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
***