Definition of nainsook in English:

nainsook

noun

  • A fine, soft cotton fabric, originally from South Asia.

    • ‘This fabric dates back to seventeenth century India when it was sometimes called nansook, nyansook or nainsook and was thought to give ‘pleasure to the eye’.’
    • ‘For an undergarment of this style, nainsook, batiste, long-cloth and cambric are the best materials.’
    • ‘Nainsook and lawn were made in extra fine, fine and regular cottons with the extra fine nainsook having a silk finish.’
    • ‘From cotton are made many qualities of unbleached, half-bleached, and bleached cloth, also calicoes, ginghams, muslins, nainsooks, cambrics, etc.’
    • ‘This structure greatly increased their capabilities, allowing them to bleach, for the first time, such classes of cotton goods as wide sheetings and fancy lawns and nainsooks.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from Hindi nainsukh, from nain ‘eye’ + sukh ‘pleasure’.

Pronunciation

nainsook

/ˈnānˌso͝ok/