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Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy @ Bermudaonion weblog where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  If you want to play along, grab the button, and join the fun!  (Don’t forget to leave a link in the comments if you’re participating.)

This week’s words come from The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin.

Conker-coloured – “As she did so, a low shaft of light from the setting sun, setting it ablaze.”

Okay, so I couldn’t find an exact definition but everything leads me to believe it’s a chestnut color.

Farthingale — “She helped Cora out of her tea gown and into a farthingale.”

A farthingale is a hoop skirt. I bet a lot of you knew this one.

Dimity & Fustian — “To be wearing plain dimity and fustian in a room full of silk, velvet, and diamonds to an effort of will.

So both dimity and fustian are are kinds of cotton. Dimity is a sheer cotton and Fustian is a heavy twilled cotton.

Equerry — “‘Oh, I got waylaid by Colonel Ferrers the Prince’s equerry, some very tedious questions of protocol.'”

An equerry is a senior attendant, responsible for horse, to a person of rank. This is one I thought I knew and just didn’t at all.

So, any new words come into your world lately?

 

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