samite


samite
samite (n.) "rich silk cloth," c.1300, from O.Fr. samit, from M.L. samitum, examitum, from Medieval Gk. hexamiton (source of O.C.S. oksamitu, Rus. aksamit "velvet"), noun use of neuter of Greek adjective hexamitos "six-threaded," from hex "six" (see SIX (Cf. six)) + mitos "warp thread" (see MITRE (Cf. mitre) (n.)). The reason it was called this is variously explained. Obsolete c.1600; revived by Tennyson. Ger. Sammet "velvet" is from French.

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  • Samite — was a luxurious and heavy silk fabric worn in the Middle Ages, of a twill type weave, often including gold or silver thread. The word was derived from Old French samit , from medieval Latin samitum, examitum deriving from the Byzantine Greek… …   Wikipedia

  • Samite — Sa mite, a. [OF. samit, LL. samitum, examitum, from LGr. ?, ? woven with six threads; Gr. ? six + ? a thread. See {Six}, and cf. {Dimity}.] A species of silk stuff, or taffeta, generally interwoven with gold. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] In silken… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • samite — SÁMITE adv. v. pesemne, poate, probabil. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime …   Dicționar Român

  • samite — [sam′īt, sā′mīt] n. [ME samyte < MFr samit < ML samitum < MGr hexamiton < hexamitos, woven with six threads < Gr hex, SIX + mitos, a thread] a heavy silk fabric worn in the Middle Ages: it was sometimes interwoven with gold or… …   English World dictionary

  • samite — noun Etymology: Middle English samit, from Anglo French, from Medieval Latin examitum, samitum, from Middle Greek hexamiton, from Greek, neuter of hexamitos of six threads, from hexa + mitos thread of the warp Date: 13th century a rich medieval… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • samite — /sam uyt, say muyt/, n. a heavy silk fabric, sometimes interwoven with gold, worn in the Middle Ages. [1300 50; ME samit < OF < ML examitium, samitium < Gk hexámiton, neut. of hexámitos having six threads. See HEXA , MITOSIS] * * * …   Universalium

  • samite — rich and heavy silk, sometimes interwoven with gold or silver Fabric and Cloth …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • samite — n. heavy silk fabric which is sometimes interlaced with gold or silver threads (was worn in the Middle Ages) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • samite — [ samʌɪt, seɪ ] noun a rich silk fabric interwoven with gold and silver threads, made in the Middle Ages. Origin ME: from OFr. samit, via med. L. from med. Gk hexamiton, from Gk hexa six + mitos thread …   English new terms dictionary

  • samite — sam•ite [[t]ˈsæm aɪt, ˈseɪ maɪt[/t]] n. tex a heavy silk fabric, sometimes interwoven with gold, worn in the Middle Ages • Etymology: 1300–50; < OF < ML examitium, samitium < Gk hexámiton, neut. of hexámitos having six threads …   From formal English to slang


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