One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mottled yarn which is plied with two different colours of thread; (also) a (especially cotton) cloth made from a warp of such yarn and a plain-coloured weft, used especially for making shirts or trousers.
Of a yarn, twist, or item of clothing: made of grandrelle.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Aberdeen Journal. Probably from grand + drill, in which case some forms probably show alteration by association with words in -elle.
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