Definition of shantung in English:

shantung

noun

  • [mass noun] A dress fabric spun from tussore silk with random irregularities in the surface texture:

    [as modifier] ‘a shantung blouse’
    • ‘Another unique characteristic is the emergence of shiny materials, such as satin, silk, shantung and duchesse.’
    • ‘At home in Chelsea his black shantung pyjamas would be laid out, the evening papers and the Book Collector spread on his night table, and the digestive biscuits and Karlsbad plums, a bottle of San Pellegrino, a jigger of Strathisla.’
    • ‘The bodice was in shantung satin and the skirt was in tulle & crinoline with lining.’
    • ‘She looked incredible, as usual, with her brown ponytail, an off-white silk shantung pants suit, and a gorgeous Fabrice resin flower pin with seed-pearl-tipped stamens.’
    • ‘Tussah silk is similar to shantung, with silk from the wild.’
    • ‘Steeped in culture, hazy summer-weight cottons and shantung silk in luxurious shades of spice, henna and amber are embroidered and lavishly decorated.’
    • ‘Fabrics include canvas in different weights, linens, cotton and silk poplins, piquets, silk canvas, shantung, cotton jersey and all the classic ‘suit’ fabrics.’
    • ‘She in her buttoned-up cheongsams and high heels, he in his sober-toned shantung suits and narrow ties - they repress themselves in the high style of their day and wear their restrictions as badges of honor.’
    • ‘A somulent shantung shawl of sherbet snow scuttled staidly across the spacious stage onto which the shady stratosphere of heaven harked an assiduous ear.’
    • ‘I was in a wedding and the bridesmaid's dress was a rose pink silk shantung.’
    • ‘I recently bought a black silk shantung corset top, and I have no idea what to wear with it on bottom?’
    • ‘For Miu Miu she went back to the 1950s, with large geometric prints based on curtain and furnishing fabrics, heavy slubbed silk and shantung.’
    • ‘Sheree looked great in the black and gold silk shantung pantsuit she wore today.’
    • ‘I love rich colors and so decided to make my duvet cover out of a very saturated blue shantung silk.’
    • ‘Tussah silk, often called shantung, is made from the cocoons of wild tussah silkworms that eat oak and juniper leaves.’
    • ‘Our silk combination curtains were the solution: Their sheer tops let in diffused light, while solid shantung bottoms offer screening.’
    • ‘It is like a nubby silk shantung, this culture thing.’
    • ‘They makes gorgeous silk shantung and taffeta dresses that are amazingly flattering and come in every color.’
    • ‘When I visited my favorite hat shop, I looked at a shantung and a cheap Panama hat but decided that my head would look and feel better when crowned by a true Montecristi.’
    • ‘Although usually marketed as a ‘Panama hat,’ the shantung is a lower-priced imitation woven in China from twisted rice paper.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Shantung, where it was originally made.

Pronunciation:

shantung

/ʃanˈtʌŋ/