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Definition of "samite" [sa•mite]

  • A heavy silk fabric, often interwoven with gold or silver, worn in the Middle Ages. (noun)

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 "samite" in a sentence
  • "The stuffs then known were velvet, satin (called samite), and taffeta, -- all of which were stitched with gold or silver thread."
  • "Here comes one of them, in a long green robe of shining silky stuff, which is called samite; round his neck is a curiously cut collar of dark red cloth, and in his hand he carries a white hood."
  • "Then came the gown; it looked for all the world precisely like one out of a medieval Book of Hours, and it was made of a heavy white silk that she suspected was the literary "samite" that the Lady of the Lake was clothed in."