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Definition of "selvage" [sel•vage]

  • The edge of a fabric that is woven so that it will not fray or ravel. (noun)
  • An ornamental fringe at either end of an Oriental rug. (noun)
  • The edge plate of a lock that has a slot for a bolt. (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 "selvage" in a sentence
  • "She was certain she could swim in that sea if she could once get through what she called the selvage-wave."
  • "And "selvage," escaping the first and last objections, may be thought to incur the middle one."
  • "His solution was to make his own flight jackets, chambray work shirts, loop-wheeled cotton sweatshirts and selvage blue jeans."