lutestringlutestring2 liu.tstrin. App. an alteration of lustring (which, however, appears later in our quots.), assimilated to prec. A ki
nd of glossy silk fabric; a dress or a ribbon of this material.
- 1661 Pepys Diary 18 Feb., We went to a mercer's..and there she bought a suit of Lutestring for herself.
- 1686 Lond. Gaz. No. 2126/4 To be sold.
.a parcel of very good black narrow Lute-Strings, and Alamode-Silks.
- 1704 Pope Lett. (1736) V. 124 Think of flouncing the petticoat so very deep, that it looks like an entire coat of lute-string!
- 1767 Woman of F
ashion I. 78 She was dressed in a flowing Negligee of white Lutestring.
- 1799 G. Smith Laboratory II. 46 To draw a pattern for a silver brocade lutestring.
- 1856 Mrs. Browning Aur. Leigh vi. 715 A
s if you had..held your trailing lutestring up yourself.
- 1887 Macm. Mag. LV. 108 A suit of white lutestring trimmed with large bunches of acorns.
The phrase `which I met with in the course of my reading' is several times derisively quoted by Junius as used by the Duke of Grafton. Cf. quot. a 1797 in c.
to speak in lutestringto speak in lut
estring: (meaning uncertain).
- 1771 Junius L
ett. xlviii. 250, I was led to trouble you with these observations by a passage, which, to speak in lutestring, I met with this morning in the course of my reading.
- 1759 Compl.
Lett.-writer (ed. 6) 222 Dressed in a white lutestring gown and petticoat.
- 1768 C'tess Cowper Let. to Mrs. Delany in Mrs. D.'s Life & Corr; Ser. ii. I. 186 Lord Spencer had a pale blue lutestring domino.
- A. 1797 H. Walpole Mem. Geo. III. (1845) I. xiv. 210 He [Chas. Townshend] had said of the last arrangement before Fox was set at the head, that it was a pretty lutestring administration which would do very well for summer wear.