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dim·i·ty

 (dĭm′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. dim·i·ties
A sheer, crisp cotton fabric with raised woven stripes or checks, used chiefly for curtains and dresses.

[Middle English demyt, from Medieval Latin dimitum, from Greek dimiton, from neuter of dimitos, double-threaded : di-, two; see di-1 + mitos, thread.]

dimity

(ˈdɪmɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
(Textiles)
a. a light strong cotton fabric with woven stripes or squares
b. (as modifier): a dimity bonnet.
[C15: from Medieval Latin dimitum, from Greek dimiton, from di-1 + mitos thread of the warp]

dim•i•ty

(ˈdɪm ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
a thin cotton fabric woven with a stripe or check of heavier yarn.
[1400–50; < Medieval Latin dimettum < Greek dímiton, n. use of neuter of dímitos double-threaded]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dimity - a strong cotton fabric with a raised pattern; used for bedcovers and curtains
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
Translations

dimity

nDimitz m
References in classic literature ?
With the money that I get from the sale of these eggs I'll buy myself a new dimity frock and a chip hat; and when I go to market, won't all the young men come up and speak to me
There was a square of oilcloth in front of each article of furniture and a drawn-in rug beside the single four poster, which was covered with a fringed white dimity counterpane.
It was not the room, which was far more comfortable than Rebecca's own at the farm, nor the lack of view, nor yet the long journey, for she was not conscious of weariness; it was not the fear of a strange place, for she loved new places and courted new sensations; it was because of some curious blending of uncomprehended emotions that Rebecca stood her sunshade in the corner, tore off her best hat, flung it on the bureau with the porcupine quills on the under side, and stripping down the dimity spread, precipitated herself into the middle of the bed and pulled the counterpane over her head.
A dark ruffled head and two frightened eyes appeared above the dimity spread.
Summer and winter she wore a dimity kerchief fastened in the back with a pin, a cap which concealed her hair, a red skirt, grey stockings, and an apron with a bib like those worn by hospital nurses.
It was not a shabby, dingy, dusty cart, but a smart little house upon wheels, with white dimity curtains festooning the windows, and window-shutters of green picked out with panels of a staring red, in which happily-contrasted colours the whole concern shone brilliant.
But of all I saw and observed down there, what gave me most pain was, that while Montesinos was speaking to me, one of the two companions of the hapless Dulcinea approached me on one without my having seen her coming, and with tears in her eyes said to me, in a low, agitated voice, 'My lady Dulcinea del Toboso kisses your worship's hands, and entreats you to do her the favour of letting her know how you are; and, being in great need, she also entreats your worship as earnestly as she can to be so good as to lend her half a dozen reals, or as much as you may have about you, on this new dimity petticoat that I have here; and she promises to repay them very speedily.
She saw a large, well-proportioned apartment, an handsome dimity bed, arranged as unoccupied with an housemaid's care, a bright Bath stove, mahogany wardrobes, and neatly painted chairs, on which the warm beams of a western sun gaily poured through two sash windows
The lady, who was of a large raw-boned figure, was about half a head taller than Mr Squeers, and was dressed in a dimity night-jacket; with her hair in papers; she had also a dirty nightcap on, relieved by a yellow cotton handkerchief which tied it under the chin.
The little white dimity bed was as smooth and trim as on the day previous, when Betty's own hands had helped to make it.
The room was not without ornament; some flower-stands, as they might be called, made of osiers and wooden hoops, had been filled with moss and flowers, and the windows were draped by white dimity curtains bordered with a scarlet fringe.
Very well, Joe,' says Aunt Dolly, and down she went to the parlor, where the minister was waiting, never stopping to change the dimity dress she wore, and was actually married with her scissors and pin-ball at her side, and her thimble on.