One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A printed cotton or synthetic fabric that has a surface consisting of puckered and flat sections, typically in a striped pattern.
- ‘Linen, seersucker and straw are to be worn in the summer only.’
- ‘Speaking of seersucker, there's another characteristic to the fabric, which I failed to mention earlier: it usually bears a pattern in addition to its textured nature.’
- ‘Constructed of wire, the garland is spherical, and it is decorated with strips of various materials from seersucker to damask.’
- ‘They sell both seersucker and linen and to someone used to a Brooks Brothers' level of fit and finish, it's garbage.’
- ‘The classic navy and black pieces are lined with seersucker and trimmed in contrasting ribbon.’
- ‘A return of seersucker, that bumpy striped cotton classic, makes men's summer suits more interesting.’
- ‘Key fabrics for spring include seersucker, ticking stripes and prints, as well as suede and leather, which are still very prevalent.’
- ‘Before him, towering from Murphy's vantage point, stood a hapless young man clad head to toe in coffee-stained thrift-store seersucker.’
Early 18th century: from Persian šir o šakar, literally ‘milk and sugar’, (by transference) ‘striped cotton garment’ because seersucker formerly was typically striped.
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