Definition of cretonne in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈkrɛtɒn//krɛˈtɒn/


  • [mass noun] A heavy cotton fabric, typically with a floral pattern printed on one or both sides, used for upholstery.

    • ‘If variety in the color-scheme is desired, it may be introduced by means of cretonnes or silks used for hangings and furniture covers.’
    • ‘These fabrics are cretonnes, the end-of-the-19th Century's version of unglazed chintz.’
    • ‘All the fabrics took form at Mrs Aline's, a dressmaker; the nimble fingers of seven trainees changed laces, cadis, cretonnes and silks into blouses, waistcoats and gowns.’
    • ‘Many people do not understand the use of chintzes and cretonnes, other than in bedrooms and summer cottages.’
    • ‘She asked Lily Yeats in London to source William Morris wallpapers and cretonnes for the bedrooms of the small daughters of Lord and Lady Stonehaven.’
    • ‘A discarded packing case divided into several sections and covered with cretonne makes an ideal magazine file.’
    • ‘There are many designs of sets of small tables and chairs made with good lines, and the wicker ones with lovely cretonne cushions are very attractive.’
    • ‘The wall is tinted a warm gray shade, pink rugs are on the floor and a pink cretonne curtain hangs between the roomy clothes closet and bedroom.’
    • ‘It was furnished like the maid's rooms and the bed here was of painted iron with a cretonne bedspread.’
    • ‘Curtains were made of cretonnes, silk and woolen, all matching the beautiful wallpaper.’
    • ‘It was there that I learned to make pattern designs and designs for cretonnes that were eventually sold all over the country.’
    • ‘But the cretonnes and tapestries of Merton are coarse and almost clumsy compared with these exquisite stuffs.’
    • ‘Both the English-style cretonnes and the eiderdowns are the hotel's own design.’
    • ‘It was hung with mirrors and cretonnes, it was richly carpeted, and, of course, it was lighted by electricity.’
    • ‘He had the same smile on his face that he used to have before the war when he stood behind his counter and sold cretonnes and percales.’
    • ‘The outer cover has a top of floral and striped cretonne and a backing of faded pink cotton.’


Late 19th century: from French, of unknown origin.