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Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, early 19th century


A thin, stiff, transparent fabric made of silk or a synthetic yarn.

Examples of Organza in a sentence

"I need to buy four yards of organza to make my daughter's prom dress."

"The thrift store was overflowing with organza dresses."

About Organza

This fashionable term comes from French, "naturellement." In the late 16th century, English adopted "organza" to describe the stiff, transparent, silk fabric that was used to make elaborate ballgowns.

Did you Know?

Today you're more likely to find organza made of a synthetic material, but the original fabric was made of silk. Silk thread is twisted together with each fiber in a contrary direction to make organzine, which is then woven together to make organza. The methods for making the thread and fabric produce a fine, transparent, but still stiff product.

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