07 December 2004

Another New Word

chambrasoie · sham-bra-swa · noun [literary coinage]

· [presumptive] translucent fabric or fabric treatment used in draperies

The boardroom was the most beautifully decorated space that had ever felt the presence of Luff Imbry. The balance of proportions and colors was masterful. Every detail, from the quality of the light filtering through the chambrasoie curtains to the exquisite mix of colors in the carpeting, bespoke an epitome of tasteful assurance that the fraudster, whose own standards were not unrefined, found quietly intimidating.
--Matthew Hughes, Black Brillion (2004)

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