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A rich silk fabric interwoven with gold and silver threads, used for dressmaking and decoration in the Middle Ages.
- ‘I slipped out of the samite robe that was only slightly damp, and pulled on the dark blue dress and surcoat.’
- ‘The booty gained was so great that none could tell you the end of it: gold and silver, and vessels and precious stones, and samite, and cloth of silk, and robes vair and grey, and ermine, and every choicest thing found upon the earth.’
- ‘The Lady of the Lake - her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur.’
- ‘I took off my samite robe and folded it around my buttercream gown and green cloak.’
- ‘They display brocades, compound weaves, lampas, plain weaves, samite, tapestry and twill to provide a snapshot of the expansive weaving styles of Central Asia.’
Middle English: from Old French samit, via medieval Latin from medieval Greek hexamiton, from Greek hexa- six + mitos thread.
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