Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a heavy silk fabric (often woven with silver or gold threads); used to make clothing in the Middle Ages

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Alternate forms of Samite

Hypernyms: cloth, fabric, material, textile

Origin of the word Samite

  1. "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"), prop. neut. of Gk. adj. hexamitos "six-threaded," from hex "six" + mitos "warp thread" (see mitre). The reason it was called this is variously explained. Obsolete c.1600;… more

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