One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fabric with an irregularly raised or embossed surface.as modifier ‘a cotton cloqué suit’
- ‘A process is disclosed for producing cloqué or undulating effects on the surfaces of textile fabrics made from synthetics.’
- ‘This jacket beautifully complements the pencil skirt in the same rich black on black cloqué.’
French, literally ‘blistered’. It was first recorded (1920s) in the anglicized form cloky; use of the French form dates from the 1950s.
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