percaline [pur-kuh-leen] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a fine, lightweight cotton fabric, usually finished with a gloss and dyed in one color, used especially for linings.

Origin of percaline From French, dating back to 1855–60; see origin at percale, -ine2 Examples from the Web for percaline Historical Examples of percaline

  • The frame was covered with a kind of cloth called “percaline.”

    The Scientific American Boy

    A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond

  • Percaline is used chiefly for feminine wearing apparel, principally for linings, petticoats, etc.


    William H. Dooley

  • British Dictionary definitions for percaline percaline noun

    1. a fine light cotton fabric, used esp for linings

    Word Origin for percaline C19: from French; see percale

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