One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A frill or pleat of fabric as decoration on a garment or soft furnishing.
ruffle, flounce, ruff, furbelow, jabot, peplum, flute, ruching, gather, tuck, fringeView synonyms
- ‘The cushions and pillows and bolster were all bright red, as was the canopy that draped itself over the posts of her bed and dangled in soft muslin ruches.’
- ‘Her dress was of soft creamy-white satin merveilleux, trimmed round the train with a deep frayed ruche of the material.’
Early 19th century: from French, from medieval Latin rusca ‘tree bark’, of Celtic origin.
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