Definition of pongee in English:



mass noun
  • A soft, unbleached type of Chinese fabric, originally made from threads of raw silk and now also other fibres such as cotton which are usually mercerized.

    as modifier ‘pongee blouses’
    • ‘Moore wrote that she ‘is tall and has dark hair and eyes and wears queer shades of blue silk and pongees and Boston shoes and hand made watch-chains and pins etc.’’
    • ‘It is made with pongee nylon for less creasing of the fabric, it has a hexagon shaft for added durability, and a polished wooden handle.’


Early 18th century: from Chinese ( Mandarin dialect) bĕnjī literally ‘own loom’ or běnzhī literally ‘home-woven’.