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Etymology

From Damascus, where the fabric was originally made.

Noun

Singular
damask

Plural
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  1. An ornate silk fabric originating from Damascus.
    True damasks are pure silk.
  2. For the damask rose.
  3. The facial colour which is the colour of the damask rose.
  4. (color) A grayish-pink color, like that of the damask rose.
    damask colour:   

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Quotations

ornate silk
  • 1836: but what struck Tom's fancy most was a strange, grim-looking, high backed chair, carved in the most fantastic manner, with a flowered damask cushion, and the round knobs at the bottom of the legs carefully tied up in red cloth, as if it had got the gout in its toes. — Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836
facial colour
  • 1602: But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud, / Feed on her damask cheek — William Shakespeare, Twlefth Night
  • 1849: Thursday. D. certainly improved. Better night. Slight tinge of damask revisiting cheek. — Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
  • 1849: They had a lurking suspicion even, that he died of secret love; though I must say there was a picture of him in the house with a damask nose, which concealment did not appear to have ever preyed upon. — Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
  • 1973: My cage has many rooms / Damask and dark / Nothing there sings, / Not even my lark. — Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd

Adjective

damask

  1. (color) of a grayish-pink color, like that of the damask rose.

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Swedish

Noun

Inflection for damask Singular Plural
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Nominative
Genitive

damask c.

  1. spat, gaiter

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