Definition of charmeuse in US English:



  • A soft, silky dress fabric.

    • ‘The white dupioni and charmeuse lining felt like water under my hands - too fine and too luxurious to entrust into my hands.’
    • ‘Presenter and last year's Best Actress winner Nicole Kidman combined sleek and womanly with her silver charmeuse gown finished in feathers.’
    • ‘It's too easy to mess up your charmeuse shirtfront eating beets and goat-cheese crostini, but the grilled lobster tail is terrific, tender with a faint perfume of garlic.’
    • ‘He mixed casual style with elegant material - parachute pants of silk crepe satin or a blazer of ivory silk charmeuse - to create looks that work for both day and night.’
    • ‘Glitter accents add a touch of sparkle to this merlot strapless charmeuse dress.’
    • ‘This turquoise shirred charmeuse dress features twisted straps, padded bra cups, side-zip closure and a crisscross back.’
    • ‘I am constructing a silk charmeuse evening dress of two layers that I would like to dye green and blue.’
    • ‘Other favourites in the outerwear department include her floral wrap coat, her lovely textured wool coat and her black graphic floral wrap coat (worn over a blonde charmeuse camisole and jade wool lace skirt).’
    • ‘With its drape, charmeuse works well for blouses, scarves and lingerie.’
    • ‘For a luxurious look, choose a satin or charmeuse lining and underline it with flannel.’
    • ‘It was made of charmeuse satin with a V-neck, and the right side of the top curved around in a pleated fold to stop just under Lauren's left breast, seemingly held tight by two dime-sized rhinestone buttons.’
    • ‘The chocolate becomes the gourmet's equivalent of charmeuse.’


Early 20th century: from French, feminine of charmeur ‘charmer’, from charmer ‘to charm’.