One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural winceysmass nounBritish
A strong, lightweight twilled fabric, typically made of a mixture of wool with cotton or linen.
- ‘The principal manufactures are winceys, ginghams, woollen shirtings, flannels, linen thread, linen yarn, ropes, and fishing nets; and there are engineering and ironfounding works.’
- ‘In 1867 with Hugh Morton he began power loom manufacture of winceys in a factory in Greenholm and acquired the ownership of the clipping mill.’
- ‘Comparatively little has been done to share in the multifarious and extensive manufactures of lower Clydesdale, but the weaving of winceys, shirtings, and druggets is the staple industry; and there are also 3 artificial manure works, a tannery, 2 breweries, a large fancy woodwork establishment, and, ¾ mile from the town, the extensive factory of the British Oil and Candle Co.’
- ‘Among the manufactures woollens, especially winceys, linen and cotton goods hold an important place.’
- ‘By 1869 at Hayford Mill, (or Hayford and Parkvale Mill as it was by then known) spinning and weaving winceys and other cotton and tweed materials, employed over 950 people, who collectively earned approximately £19,000 p.a., producing goods with an annual value of £170,000.’
Early 19th century: apparently an alteration of woolsey in linsey-woolsey.
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