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16:58 Mar 1, 2010
English to Catalan translations [PRO]
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English term or phrase: nainsook
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A lightweight, plain-weave, cotton cloth with a soft finish, although French nainsook has a crisp finish. Sometimes this fabric is made with a closely woven satin or twill stripe forming a corded effect at intervals across the fabric. Often used in the manufacture of lingerie and dresses. The word nainsook comes from the Hindi words nain, meaning eye, and sukh, meaning delight. This fabric dates back to seventeenth century India when it was sometimes called nansook, nyansook or nainsook and was thought to give 'pleasure to the eye'.

Example sentence(s):
  • Nainsook and lawn were made in extra fine, fine and regular cottons with the extra fine nainsook having a silk finish.
  • This simple mode is illustrated in linen with Swiss insertion, edge lace and ribbon-run beading and also in nainsook with Valenciennes lace, insertion, ribbon and beading.
  • The softest and finest fabrics are used for these dresses such as French and Persian lawn, batiste, handkerchief linen and nainsook.
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Definition from Enciclopèdia Catalana:
[de l'angl. nainsook, i aquest, de l'urdú nainsuḫ, íd., comp. de nain 'ull' i suḫ 'plaer']

[ pl -ús ] m TÈXT Batista de cotó feta amb fils molt prims.

Example sentence(s):
  • Les llengües no són entitats inamovibles, sino que evolucionen al mateix temps que la civilització. Així, el català ha hagut de crear noves paraules, bé per respondre a conceptes i objectes desconeguts abans, bé per la influència d'altres llengües. Una manera de crear aquestes paraules és la integració de termes d'altres llengües. A continuació tens una mostra de paraules catalanes que han sigut adaptades d"altres llengües : URDÚ Caqui (de l'urdú haki), nansú (batista de cotó feta amb fils molt prims) - Espai de llengua catalana  
  • La Baurier, tenia la patent a Espanya de fabrica la Jacomà, l’Organdí, la Batista i el Nansú. Ara bé, els seus productes estrella eren organdí Suís i el Piqué. -  
  • “Sargeix-me, rapsode”, li dic a un noiet qui hi ha repenjat a una de les columnes del soterrani, “sargeix-me, amb les teues faldilletes de nansú, i la teua veueta de cucot menjamorts mentre desdentegat s’ocupa amb l’etzigori i ulla les televisions que de lluny en lluny li lleu de vore a través dels ulls de la carronya, no pas les eixelebrades articulacions, de qui les cançons són garranyics i grinyols, ans les costures de les orelles amb versets de fins poetes eròtics de fi de segle...” -  
Montse Ballesteros
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