Definition of organdie in English:


(US organdy)

Pronunciation /ɔːˈɡandi//ˈɔːɡ(ə)ndi/

nounPlural organdies

mass noun
  • A fine translucent cotton muslin that is usually stiffened and is used for women's clothing.

    as modifier ‘brides in flounced organdie gowns’
    • ‘Basing predominantly on the pristine white and blue, her designs use organdy and white appliqué giving a luxurious look with trim lines and motifs.’
    • ‘Lourdes burst into the room, her hair undone from the organdy ribbon that bound it.’
    • ‘Waves of applause greeted a cinched blue silk jacket with a shawl collar scattered with silver embroidery, worn over a citrine skirt in mille-feuille layers of stiff organdie.’
    • ‘Cages consisted of a cylinder frame of wire mesh tightly covered with organdy cloth.’
    • ‘Her thin hair was plated in braids and her taffeta dresses looked shabby beside Geneva's pink organdie frock with her golden hair elegantly twisted atop her head in curls.’
    • ‘Fashioned from organdy and tissue in ‘cheerful and festive’ colours, the line extends from table covers, placemats, and runners to light curtains and a wide spectrum of cushion covers.’
    • ‘Cages were 30.5 cm long and 3.8 cm in diameter with four holes covered with organdy gauze for air circulation.’
    • ‘Handloom materials including churidhars with hand-designed embroidery, phulkari, shadow and mirror works in cotton and organdy along with hand-woven silk saris catch the onlookers' attention.’
    • ‘Then, sew a sheer fabric, such as organdy, into a slip-on case with a graceful 3-inch flange.’
    • ‘If in doubt about the design's stability, sandwich a layer of sheer fabric, such as organdy, organza or tulle, with the water-soluble stabilizer prior to stitching.’
    • ‘Organza is similar to cotton organdy except it is made with silk and is transparent.’
    • ‘The exhibits include some very pretty asides on clothes: Maureen Connor's 1981 Birth of the Bustle, for example, in woven reed and organdy is as beautifully made and as pretty as anything in Versace.’
    • ‘Tango wafts from his radio, his kitchen window is open, and his organdy curtains flutter outwards.’
    • ‘The boxes had organdy screening on the top and four sides to allow air circulation.’
    • ‘The fact that she herself had only one such dress, an organdy hand-me-down from Rockelle that was worn once a week to Sunday school, was disturbing.’
    • ‘Kim was wearing a daring one-piece black dress and Angela floated in puffy white organdy to her ankles.’
    • ‘With the well-tailored choli of any style, the saree - starched cotton, heavy silk or light chiffon and organdie - can still make a fashion statement of its own.’
    • ‘This is made obvious with her props and costumes - vintage 1940s shoes, some with ten-inch spiked heels, black Lycra shorts, long-waisted organdy dresses sashed with a neat taffeta bow.’
    • ‘That process means extreme attention to detail and rather lengthy discussions about adding chalky tones to a blue, or whether to offer a suit jacket in organdy.’
    • ‘Organza, organdy and batiste can also be used as sew-in interfacing.’


Early 19th century: from French organdi, of unknown origin.