A special finish for velvet and satin that produces a high luster.
[French, a soft cloth, from Old French penne, pane, fur lining, from Latin pinna, penna, feather; see penna.]
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(Textiles) a lightweight velvet fabric
[C19: via Old French, from Latin pinna wing, feather]
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1. Also called panne′ vel′vet. a soft, lustrous, lightweight velvet with flattened pile.
2. Also called panne′ sat′in. a heavy, highly lustrous satin, orig. made of silk.
[1785–95; < French, Old French, variant of pen(n)e < Medieval Latin panna, penna skin, fur, Latin penna feather]
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A type of velvet with a very smooth and shiny finish.
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