Definition of grosgrain in English:



  • A heavy, ribbed fabric, typically of silk or rayon.

    • ‘When she first sees Maureen, she observes her to be a ‘sheer wonder, layered in ivory silk, her thick black hair upswept and tied with a long black grosgrain ribbon.’’
    • ‘Each bag has specific detailing like zip pockets, brass feet, side snaps, and grosgrain lining.’
    • ‘While his suits were well structured, nothing beats his black double breasted peak lapel tuxedo suit with grosgrain taping.’
    • ‘Finish front with bias tape, 1-1/2 inch wide grosgrain or fabric strip sewn to edges and turned into inside and stitched down creating a facing.’
    • ‘It scores with some super cute thongs that have patterned footbeds plus grosgrain ribbon wrapped around the thong and topped with pretty details like bows or even roses (in selected styles).’
    • ‘Thus did the trousers come to be made of the same cloth and color as the coat, uniform-style, for example, and facing lapels to be made with rich silk grosgrain, among other subtle changes.’
    • ‘Glue the grosgrain ribbon hinges onto the lid back.’
    • ‘The big flamboyant trim there is a crumpled bow formed out of hideously expensive and lavish striped grosgrain ribbon, accented with chocolate/pink spotted ribbon, coral pink velvet ribbon and a little carved button.’
    • ‘Another closure option is to attach grosgrain ribbon to the ends.’
    • ‘The bow stays tied better if you choose a textural ribbon, such as chenille, rickrack, or grosgrain.’
    • ‘Precious fabrics and decorations, brocades, velvet and grosgrain insets and trimming, contrasting with shiny velvet and mohair applications, are in tune with the new aesthetic trend seen in the spring/summer 2003 collection.’
    • ‘You could not speak of sucking the hats' bowls to your face, or of licking the grosgrain of their sweat-darkened ribbons: there was no way to explain why you even wanted this.’
    • ‘Fuse another web piece to the grosgrain ribbon.’
    • ‘Ring the neck of a bottle with a wisp of grosgrain ribbon.’
    • ‘In contrast round toed flats will be adorned with pompoms, rosebud trims, grosgrain bows and Tyrolean ribbons.’
    • ‘I lay slouched back in my ripped leather chair, legs crossed on the table, eyes shut, and my dune hat (without grosgrain band) slipped slightly below the brow.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, a beige high-collared swingcoat was trimmed with pink grosgrain ribbon, a favourite technique of his.’
    • ‘Choose hearty grosgrain ribbons in various widths and colors.’
    • ‘The addition of a simple grosgrain waistband or row of tiny buttons to a simple jersey skirt embodies the mood.’
    • ‘I had rescued them from the bin where she'd thrown them more than once: war decorations with important grosgrain ribbons in moire reds and blues dangling from a clasp, in a leather box from Spink of Piccadilly, like a soldier's.’


Mid 19th century: French, coarse grain (see also grogram).