One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fine light cotton, rayon, or silk gauze fabric, now used for net curtains.
- ‘In such cases soft sheer materials such as ninon, voile, and marquisette are used. The curtains may be hung straight to draw or they may be tied back.’
- ‘He might, as long as he lived, lie on the rubber sheet in the center of the bed in the front bedroom where the white marquisette curtains billowed out in the afternoon sea breeze, rustling like palmetto fronds.’
- ‘Here's an article on marquisette and grenadine that might interest you. I remember my grandmother having the dotted marquisette curtains.’
- ‘Overlapping marquisette curtains. hung on the inside of the door frame provide additional mosquito barriers.’
- ‘Now and then, pausing for a word, she glances through the marquisette curtains that blur the scene below and impart to it a quality she cannot name but but which bewitches her at this time of day, especially in the spring.’
Early 20th century: from French, diminutive of marquise.
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