One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A narrow ornamental strip of fabric, typically a silk braid or piece of lace, used to trim clothing or finish upholstery.
cord, cording, braiding, bullion, thread, twine, yarn, tape, binding, rickrack, ribbonView synonyms
- ‘The seats are covered with yellow cashmere bordered with black galloons so as to match the description in the Inventory of 1814.’
- ‘It is known that crochet galloon machines consist of a number of cooperating members adapted to create a fabric.’
- ‘With reference to the drawings, the crochet galloon machine in accordance with the invention has been generally identified by reference numeral 1.’
- ‘Narrow ornamental borders decorated the back, and embroidery or galloons sewn onto broad velvet borders decorated both sides on the jacket front.’
- ‘The harsh wooden surfaces of Jacobean England were embellished with elaborate gimps, galloons, fringes and tassels.’
- ‘Whether you prefer simple chasubles and stoles, chasubles with galloons, overlay stoles with symbols, embroidery, tassels - Glory and Praise Vestments can accommodate your style.’
- ‘The products referred to above include both ribbons and webbing as well as certain galloons having the characteristics of woven ribbons.’
- ‘The galloons were not original and in a poor state.’
- ‘Wide silk ribbons could be attached to either the crown or the galloon.’
- ‘Favoring white regimentals with lots of gold galloons for himself, he loves a uniform.’
Early 17th century: from French galon, from galonner ‘to trim with braid’, of unknown ultimate origin.
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