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A fine, soft cotton fabric, originally from South Asia.
- ‘For an undergarment of this style, nainsook, batiste, long-cloth and cambric are the best materials.’
- ‘Nainsook and lawn were made in extra fine, fine and regular cottons with the extra fine nainsook having a silk finish.’
- ‘This fabric dates back to seventeenth century India when it was sometimes called nansook, nyansook or nainsook and was thought to give ‘pleasure to the eye’.’
- ‘From cotton are made many qualities of unbleached, half-bleached, and bleached cloth, also calicoes, ginghams, muslins, nainsooks, cambrics, etc.’
- ‘This structure greatly increased their capabilities, allowing them to bleach, for the first time, such classes of cotton goods as wide sheetings and fancy lawns and nainsooks.’
Late 18th century from Hindi nainsukh, from nain ‘eye’ + sukh ‘pleasure’.