Definition of bengaline in English:



mass noun
  • A strong ribbed fabric made of a mixture of silk and either cotton or wool.

    • ‘The vest was cut from a damask brocade and the breeches from bengaline, the latter which was dyed to match the vest fabric.’
    • ‘This ball gown is made from bengaline.’
    • ‘Designed by Christian Dior New York in black bengaline, the cut is straight, the look - elegant and classic.’
    • ‘I use a material called bengaline to line my bags.’
    • ‘If the rib effect is very fine it is called bengaline, and if its extremely prominent and a lot thicker it would be an ottoman.’


Late 19th century: from French, so named because of a similarity with archaic Bengals denoting fabrics, usually silks, imported from Bengal.