Definition of batiste in English:



  • [mass noun] A fine, light linen or cotton fabric resembling cambric.

    [as modifier] ‘batiste handkerchiefs’
    • ‘It's used to create decorative openwork stitching on tightly woven fabrics such as linen and fine batiste.’
    • ‘The essential accessory for a Spanish lady of fashion was more likely to be a large embroidered or lace-edged square of fine batiste cotton.’
    • ‘Rolled-hem feet are designed for fine to mediumweight fabrics such as cotton batiste, broadcloth and handkerchief linen.’
    • ‘Lightweight fabrics such as synthetic sheers, batiste, taffeta, velvet, stretch fabric, tricot and plastic film would need a ‘size 11 ‘needle.’’
    • ‘The favourite of clothing designers is cotton batiste or silk organza.’


Early 19th century: from French (earlier batiche); probably related to battre to beat.