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Definition of "gossamer" []

  • A soft sheer gauzy fabric. (noun)
  • Something delicate, light, or flimsy. (noun)
  • A fine film of cobwebs often seen floating in the air or caught on bushes or grass. (noun)
  • Sheer, light, delicate, or tenuous. See Synonyms at airy. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gossamer" in a sentence
  • "They would laugh in gossamer tones, and then move on gracefully to someone else, sometimes moving gracefully at speeds exceeding 40 mph."
  • "It seems the gossamer should be able to accomplish this with out giving you too much bulk, though it's all purely hypothetical on my part."
  • "Professor Rhys, in his Welsh Fairy Tales -- _Y Cymmrodor_ vol. v., p. 75 -- says, that gossamer, which is generally called in North Wales"