a plain-knit cotton fabric, used especially in hosiery and underwear.
Paper is manufactured on a considerable scale in various places, and balbriggan is celebrated for its hosiery.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 7 Various
balbriggan, a seaport and favourite watering-place, Ireland, county of Dublin; celebrated for its hosiery.
The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3 Various
Egyptian cotton is very fine and is used mainly in the manufacture of thread and the finer grades of balbriggan underwear.
Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
Six changes of underwear—merino or wool—and a dozen balbriggan or woolen hose will be sufficient.
The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
The factory girl has taken to silk stockings and fine lingerie and the lady to balbriggan and calico.
Women’s Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
James Smith, an Englishman, had cotton manufactories at balbriggan; he wished to extend them.
An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 Mary Frances Cusack
They were balbriggan stockings of a dark grey, long and fine, and he examined them, before hanging them up to dry.
His Masterpiece Emile Zola
She steps over the stile and her shin defines itself through her balbriggan stocking.
A Christmas Garland Max Beerbohm
balbriggan is much frequented as a watering-place in summer.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 Various
I received you letter and the pretty balbriggan stockings, for which I thank you very much, quite safely.
Records of a Girlhood Frances Ann Kemble
a knitted unbleached cotton fabric
(often pl) underwear made of this
Emily Greene, 1867–1961, U.S. economist, sociologist, and author: Nobel Peace Prize 1946. Historical Examples Charity had a moment of anguish as Miss Balch appeared; but it did not last. Summer Edith Wharton “Not a word, my dear lady, not a word,” said the pleased Balch. Rose Clark Fanny Fern Mr. Balch consented to supply three […]
- Balch springs
a town in NE Texas.
(among the Yucatec Maya) a drink made from the bark of a leguminous tree, Lonchocarpus violaceus, which is soaked in honey and water and fermented. Historical Examples Mrs. balche was reminded of her own cat, and went to give it a little cream. Gentle Julia Booth Tarkington It may refer to balche (or baleze), the […]