• A fine, soft cotton fabric, originally from South Asia.

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Example Sentences

“I bought five yards of soft, white nainsook to make new drapes for the living room.”

“It can be hard to find real nainsook, but any cotton fabric will do.”

“Nainsook is too light for this weather; you need a heavier fabric.”

Word Origin

Hindi, late 18th century

Why this word?

“Nainsook” describes a soft, almost sheer, white cotton fabric. It comes from the Hindi word “nainsukh,” where “nain” means “eye” and “sukh” means “pleasure.” In the late 18th century, when this type of fabric was originally imported from India, nainsook was often used to make undergarments and infant clothes.

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