What does muslin mean?

Definitions for muslin
ˈmʌz lɪnmuslin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. muslinnoun

    plain-woven cotton fabric


  1. Muslinnoun

    A thin cotton, white, dyed, or printed. The name is also applied to coarser and heavier cotton goods; as, shirting and sheeting muslins. In sheeting, muslin is not as finely woven as percale.


  1. muslinnoun

    (textile) Any of several varieties of thin cotton cloth.

  2. muslinnoun

    Fabric made of cotton, flax (linen), hemp, or silk, finely or coarsely woven.

  3. muslinnoun

    A term used for a wide variety of tightly-woven thin fabrics, especially those used for bedlinen. Woven cotton or linen fabrics, especially when used for items other than garments.

  4. muslinnoun

    A dressmaker's pattern made from inexpensive cloth for fitting.

  5. Etymology: From mousseline, from mussolina, from Mussolo, that is Mosul in northern Iraq (compare 1875 Knight, Edward H., Knight's American Mechanical Dictionary, V2 p1502: "Muslins are so called from Moussol in India.")

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Muslinnoun

    A fine stuff made of cotton.

    By the use of certain attire made of cambrick or muslin upon her head, she attained to such an evil art in the motion of her eyes. Tatler, №. 110.

    In half-whipt muslin needles useless lie,
    And shuttle-cocks across the counter fly. John Gay.


  1. Muslin

    Muslin () is a cotton fabric of plain weave. It is made in a wide range of weights from delicate sheers to coarse sheeting. It gets its name from the city of Mosul, Iraq, where it was first manufactured.Muslin of uncommonly delicate handspun yarn was handwoven in the Bengal region of South Asia and imported into Europe for much of the 17th and early 18th centuries.In 2013, the traditional art of weaving Jamdani muslin in Bangladesh was included in the list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.


  1. muslin

    Muslin is a type of lightweight, breathable cotton fabric, with a plain weave, often used in creating dresses, curtains, and sheets. It is known for being versatile and comes in different grades, from coarse to fine textures. It is most widely used in sewing and theatrical productions for creating costumes or set designs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Muslinnoun

    a thin cotton, white, dyed, or printed. The name is also applied to coarser and heavier cotton goods; as, shirting and sheeting muslins

  2. Etymology: [F. mousseline; cf. It. mussolino, mussolo, Sp. muselina; all from Mussoul a city of Mesopotamia, Ar. Mausil, Syr. Mauzol, Muzol, Mosul, where it was first manufactured. Cf. Mull a kind of cloth.]


  1. Muslin

    Muslin is a loosely-woven cotton fabric which originated in Bengal in India, and was introduced to Europe from the Middle East in the 17th century. It became very popular at the end of the 18th century in France. Muslin is most typically an unbleached or white cloth, produced from carded cotton yarn. It is often used to make sewing patterns, such as for clothing, curtains, or upholstery. Because air moves easily through muslin, muslin clothing is suitable for hot, dry climates.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Muslin

    muz′lin, n. a fine soft cotton fabric resembling gauze in appearance, but woven plain without any looping of the warp threads on the weft—generally uncoloured: a coarser fabric than Indian muslin, printed with coloured patterns, &c.: (U.S.) cotton cloth for shirts, bedding, &c.: a collector's name for several different moths.—adj. made of muslin.—adj. Mus′lined, clothed with muslin.—ns. Mus′linet, a coarse kind of muslin; Mus′lin-kale (Scot.), thin broth made without meat. [Fr. mousseline—It. mussolino, from Mosul in Mesopotamia.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. muslin

    The flying kites of a ship. "Give her the muslin," or "Spare not the dimity," frequently used in tropical chase of slavers.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Muslin

    Called by the French Mousseline, from Mosul in Asiatic Turkey, whence during the Middle Ages this fabric was sent to supply all the markets of Europe.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Muslin is ranked #156044 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Muslin surname appeared 104 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Muslin.

    84.6% or 88 total occurrences were White.
    7.6% or 8 total occurrences were Black.
    4.8% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of muslin in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of muslin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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