a.1.Having the quality of three-pile; best; most costly.
Thou art good velvet; thou 'rt three-piled piece.
- Shak.
2.Fig.: Extravagant; exaggerated; high-flown.
3.Accustomed to wearing three-pile; hence, of high rank, or wealth.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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"I doubt not that if I set you down in my shop at Norwich you might scarce tell fustian from falding, and know little difference between the velvet of Genoa and the three-piled cloth of Bruges.