One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fine, light linen or cotton fabric resembling cambric.
- ‘It's used to create decorative openwork stitching on tightly woven fabrics such as linen and fine batiste.’
- ‘Rolled-hem feet are designed for fine to mediumweight fabrics such as cotton batiste, broadcloth and handkerchief linen.’
- ‘The essential accessory for a Spanish lady of fashion was more likely to be a large embroidered or lace-edged square of fine batiste cotton.’
- ‘Lightweight fabrics such as synthetic sheers, batiste, taffeta, velvet, stretch fabric, tricot and plastic film would need a ‘size 11 ‘needle.’’
- ‘The favourite of clothing designers is cotton batiste or silk organza.’
Early 19th century: from French (earlier batiche); probably related to battre ‘to beat’.
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