Corrupted form of French lustring, probably influenced by lute.
lutestring (countable and uncountable, plural lutestrings)
- (archaic) A plain, stout, lustrous silk, used for ladies' dresses and for ribbon.
- 1759 October 25 (Gregorian calendar), [Oliver] Goldsmith, “On Dress”, in The Bee, a Select Collection of Essays, on the Most Interesting and Entertaining Subjects, […], number 2, new edition, London: […] W[illiam] Lane, […], published c. 1790, →OCLC:
- There goes Mrs. Roundabout, I mean the fat lady in the luteſtring trollopee. Betvveen you and I, ſhe is but a cutler's vvife. See hovv ſhe's dreſſed, as fine as hands and pins can make her […]
- 1766, George Colman; David Garrick, The Clandestine Marriage, a Comedy. […], London: […] T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, […]; R[oberts] Baldwin, […]; R. Davis, […]; and T[homas] Davies, […], →OCLC, Act I, page 13:
- Lord, I have ſuch a deal to do, I ſhall ſcarce have time to ſlip on my Italian luteſting.—VVhere is this davvdle of a houſekeeper?
- 1784, Abagail Adams, cited in David McCullough, John Adams, page 305:
- A dressing chemise of Tiffany which she had on over a blue lutestring
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for lutestring in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)