One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A silk or wool fabric woven so as to have a raised surface with a quilted appearance.‘an arm chair upholstered in ivory matelassé’as modifier ‘a bedspread in matelassé fabric’
- ‘Of her many endorsed products, one is of special interest: her line of matelassé coverlets and shams - really, just bedcovers.’
Late 19th century: French, literally ‘quilted’, past participle of matelasser, from matelas ‘mattress’.
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