Definition of moire in English:


(also moiré)


mass noun
  • Silk fabric that has been subjected to heat and pressure rollers after weaving to give it a rippled appearance.

    ‘a backless dress fashioned out of moire in the new fashionable colour’
    count noun ‘many brocades and moires have a high acetate content’
    • ‘Wall coverings include florals, ticking, toile, and moirés depending on the level of formality.’
    • ‘In the firm's classic line, pure silk moire is making a comeback, and black is back.’
    • ‘The term moiré, by the way, comes from watered silk, as mentioned in Pepys' Diary.’
    • ‘Smooth, shiny surfaces such as silk, moiré, chintz and silk-like looks support a more formal feeling in a room.’
    • ‘They gathered up the 60 feet of rose watered moiré and wrapped the train around the body and arms of their master.’


  • 1(of silk) having a rippled, lustrous finish.

    • ‘I soon found out that my 1 yard of brocade was not enough to make the jacket so I pieced the moiré where I could.’
    • ‘Now they carried the 60 feet of pale rose-colored moiré silk to the pit and held them high above the mud.’
    • ‘The flaring ends of the dress were skirted in moiré and beads of black lace edged the plunging neckline and flaring cuffs.’
    • ‘The firm's voile fabrics had a moire effect created by weaving three different colored nylon layers together.’
    • ‘With his fingernails the valet moved quickly across the moiré, so that the costly fabric hissed and squeaked.’
    • ‘Mannish cropped trousers were paired with masculine grey flannel coats covered in subdued moiré swirls, perfect black capes lined in printed silk, and short coachman mantles edged in white mink.’
    multicoloured, many-hued, prismatic, rainbow-like, kaleidoscopic, iridescent, lustrous, shimmering, glittering, sparkling, scintillating, variegated, shot, moiré, opaline, milky, pearly, nacreous, pearlescent
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    1. 1.1 Having a pattern of irregular wavy lines like that of moire.
      ‘another video picture defect is the flickering moiré effect seen on finely patterned surfaces’
      • ‘There is shimmering and moiré noise all over the place.’
      • ‘It is an abstract meditation film made with hand-drawn, optical moiré patterns set to an Indian raga soundtrack.’
      • ‘There are numerous instances of edge enhancement, aliasing, and moiré problems.’
      • ‘Aside from some bad aliasing and the occasional moiré problem, I could detect no digital flaws at all.’
      • ‘He wears a striped suit that has a wicked moiré effect on TV.’
      • ‘Further moiré, marbled and feathered patterns of spiraling lines and spinning concentric circles hype the image up with bang, wallop and wham-bam.’
      • ‘The two surfaces of bright dipped anodised mesh create a moire pattern and conceal the aluminium tube substructure to which the rear piece of the boxes is fixed.’
      • ‘Although presented in full frame, there was no noticeable artifacting or moiré.’
      • ‘Though lavishly illustrated, the photos are marred in many cases by inaccurate captions or even moiré patterns that any skilled scanner operator could have avoided.’
      • ‘There is some occasional moiré and aliasing evident, but nothing too serious.’
      • ‘Edge enhancement is rarely present, and there is a notable lack of moiré rainbows given Harry's checkered suit and pinstriped tie.’
      • ‘The knifed-on ellipses stand out in slight relief against multicolored grounds of poured and squeegeed paint that sometimes imitate woodgrain or moire patterns.’
      • ‘On top of an overall soft and grainy print, there's some artifacting, moiré shimmering, and haloing.’
      • ‘There were video flaws, especially digital artifacts, shimmer, and moiré, but the image was stable and the detail clear.’
      • ‘When scanning from magazines, the magazine filter should be used to avoid moire.’
      • ‘There are at least a few spots where moiré noise appears in textures such as stonework.’
      • ‘I saw no pixelization, moiré patterns, edge enhancement, or anything else that would ruin your experience.’
      • ‘The only flaws I noticed were some occasional noise in solid surfaces and some occasional moiré / shimmer in the exteriors of brick or stone buildings.’
      • ‘The image is flawless, save for occasional moiré patterns caused by the tacky '70s clothing patterns.’
      • ‘An overlay screen consisting of dots reveals enlarged images of the printed halftone dot shapes by means of the moiré phenomenon.’


Mid 17th century: French moire ‘mohair’ (the original fabric); the variant moiré ‘given a watered appearance’ (past participle of moirer, from moire).