Definition of moire in English:


(also moiré)


  • Silk fabric that has been subjected to heat and pressure rollers after weaving to give it a rippled appearance.

    • ‘Smooth, shiny surfaces such as silk, moiré, chintz and silk-like looks support a more formal feeling in a room.’
    • ‘The term moiré, by the way, comes from watered silk, as mentioned in Pepys' Diary.’
    • ‘In the firm's classic line, pure silk moire is making a comeback, and black is back.’
    • ‘They gathered up the 60 feet of rose watered moiré and wrapped the train around the body and arms of their master.’
    • ‘Wall coverings include florals, ticking, toile, and moirés depending on the level of formality.’


  • 1(of silk) having a rippled, lustrous finish.

    • ‘Now they carried the 60 feet of pale rose-colored moiré silk to the pit and held them high above the mud.’
    • ‘With his fingernails the valet moved quickly across the moiré, so that the costly fabric hissed and squeaked.’
    • ‘I soon found out that my 1 yard of brocade was not enough to make the jacket so I pieced the moiré where I could.’
    • ‘The firm's voile fabrics had a moire effect created by weaving three different colored nylon layers together.’
    • ‘The flaring ends of the dress were skirted in moiré and beads of black lace edged the plunging neckline and flaring cuffs.’
    • ‘Mannish cropped trousers were paired with masculine grey flannel coats covered in subdued moiré swirls, perfect black capes lined in printed silk, and short coachman mantles edged in white mink.’
    multicoloured, many-hued, prismatic, rainbow-like, kaleidoscopic, iridescent, lustrous, shimmering, glittering, sparkling, scintillating, variegated, shot, moiré, opaline, milky, pearly, nacreous, pearlescent
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    1. 1.1 Denoting or showing a pattern of irregular wavy lines produced by the superposition at a slight angle of two sets of closely spaced lines.
      • ‘The image is flawless, save for occasional moiré patterns caused by the tacky '70s clothing patterns.’
      • ‘The only flaws I noticed were some occasional noise in solid surfaces and some occasional moiré / shimmer in the exteriors of brick or stone buildings.’
      • ‘The two surfaces of bright dipped anodised mesh create a moire pattern and conceal the aluminium tube substructure to which the rear piece of the boxes is fixed.’
      • ‘The knifed-on ellipses stand out in slight relief against multicolored grounds of poured and squeegeed paint that sometimes imitate woodgrain or moire patterns.’
      • ‘Further moiré, marbled and feathered patterns of spiraling lines and spinning concentric circles hype the image up with bang, wallop and wham-bam.’
      • ‘There is some occasional moiré and aliasing evident, but nothing too serious.’
      • ‘When scanning from magazines, the magazine filter should be used to avoid moire.’
      • ‘An overlay screen consisting of dots reveals enlarged images of the printed halftone dot shapes by means of the moiré phenomenon.’
      • ‘There are numerous instances of edge enhancement, aliasing, and moiré problems.’
      • ‘I saw no pixelization, moiré patterns, edge enhancement, or anything else that would ruin your experience.’
      • ‘There is shimmering and moiré noise all over the place.’
      • ‘Although presented in full frame, there was no noticeable artifacting or moiré.’
      • ‘Edge enhancement is rarely present, and there is a notable lack of moiré rainbows given Harry's checkered suit and pinstriped tie.’
      • ‘On top of an overall soft and grainy print, there's some artifacting, moiré shimmering, and haloing.’
      • ‘It is an abstract meditation film made with hand-drawn, optical moiré patterns set to an Indian raga soundtrack.’
      • ‘There were video flaws, especially digital artifacts, shimmer, and moiré, but the image was stable and the detail clear.’
      • ‘Aside from some bad aliasing and the occasional moiré problem, I could detect no digital flaws at all.’
      • ‘Though lavishly illustrated, the photos are marred in many cases by inaccurate captions or even moiré patterns that any skilled scanner operator could have avoided.’
      • ‘There are at least a few spots where moiré noise appears in textures such as stonework.’
      • ‘He wears a striped suit that has a wicked moiré effect on TV.’


Mid 17th century: French moire mohair (the original fabric); the variant moiré given a watered appearance (past participle of moirer, from moire).