What does damask mean?

Definitions for damask
ˈdæm əskdamask

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. damasknoun

    a table linen made from linen with a damask pattern

  2. damaskadjective

    a fabric of linen or cotton or silk or wool with a reversible pattern woven into it

  3. damaskadjective

    having a woven pattern

    "damask table linens"


  1. damasknoun

    An ornate silk fabric originating from Damascus.

    True damasks are pure silk.

  2. damasknoun

    A damask rose.

  3. damaskverb

    To decorate or weave in damascene patterns

  4. damaskadjective

    Of a grayish-pink color, like that of the damask rose.

  5. Etymology: From Damascus, where the fabric was originally made.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DAMASKnoun

    Etymology: damasquin, French; damaschino, Ital. from Damascus.

    Wipe your shoes, for want of a clout, with a damask napkin. Jonathan Swift, Rules to Servants.

    And for some deale perplexed was her spirit;
    Her damask late, now chang’d to purest white. Edward Fairfax, b. ii.

  2. To Damaskverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Around him dance the rosy hours,
    And damasking the ground with flow’rs,
    With ambient sweets perfume the morn. Elijah Fenton.


  1. Damask

    Damask (; Arabic: دمشق) is a reversible patterned fabric of silk, wool, linen, cotton, or synthetic fibers, with a pattern formed by weaving. Damasks are woven with one warp yarn and one weft yarn, usually with the pattern in warp-faced satin weave and the ground in weft-faced or sateen weave. Twill damasks include a twill-woven ground or pattern.


  1. damask

    Damask is a type of fabric with an intricate, often reversible, pattern woven into it. It is usually made from silk, cotton, linen, wool, or synthetic fibers. The term can also refer to such patterns themselves, or to wallpaper or other items featuring them. It was originally produced in Damascus, Syria, hence its name.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Damasknoun

    damask silk; silk woven with an elaborate pattern of flowers and the like

  2. Damasknoun

    linen so woven that a pattern in produced by the different directions of the thread, without contrast of color

  3. Damasknoun

    a heavy woolen or worsted stuff with a pattern woven in the same way as the linen damask; -- made for furniture covering and hangings

  4. Damasknoun

    damask or Damascus steel; also, the peculiar markings or "water" of such steel

  5. Damasknoun

    a deep pink or rose color

  6. Damaskadjective

    pertaining to, or originating at, the city of Damascus; resembling the products or manufactures of Damascus

  7. Damaskadjective

    having the color of the damask rose

  8. Damaskverb

    to decorate in a way peculiar to Damascus or attributed to Damascus; particularly: (a) with flowers and rich designs, as silk; (b) with inlaid lines of gold, etc., or with a peculiar marking or "water," as metal. See Damaskeen

  9. Etymology: [From the city Damascus, L. Damascus, Gr. Damasko`s, Heb. Dammesq, Ar. Daemeshq; cf. Heb. d'meseq damask; cf. It. damasco, Sp. damasco, F. damas. Cf. Damascene, Damass.]


  1. Damask

    Damask is a reversible figured fabric of silk, wool, linen, cotton, or synthetic fibres, with a pattern formed by weaving. Damasks are woven with one warp yarn and one weft yarn, usually with the pattern in warp-faced satin weave and the ground in weft-faced or sateen weave. Twill damasks include a twill-woven ground or pattern.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Damask

    dam′ask, n. figured stuff, originally of silk, now of linen, cotton, or wool, the figure being woven, not printed.—v.t. to flower or variegate, as cloth.—adj. of a red colour, like that of a damask rose.—v.t. Damaskeen′, to decorate metal (esp. steel) by inlaying or encrusting on it patterns like damask in other metals: to ornament with flowery patterns, to damask.—ns. Damaskeen′ing, Damasceen′ing, the watered or striated structure seen in certain sword-blades and other weapons: the ornamental incrustation with gold and silver of steel and iron surfaces; Damaskin′, a Damascus blade: a damaskeened blade; Dam′ask-plum, the damson; Dam′ask-rose, a species of pink-rose; Dam′ask-steel, Damascus steel; Dam′assin, damask with flowered patterns in gold or silver thread.—Damascus blade, a Damascus sword, the surface marked by wavy and variegating lines. [From Damascus, in Syria, where damask was orig. made.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. damask

    Steel worked in the Damascus style, showing the wavy lines of the different metals; usually termed watered or twisted.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Damask

    First made at Damascus in Syria.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Damask is ranked #73464 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Damask surname appeared 264 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Damask.

    96.5% or 255 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of damask in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of damask in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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