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Swan's-down \Swan's"-down`\, or Swans-down \Swans"-down`\, n.

  1. The down, or fine, soft feathers, of the swan, used on various articles of dress.

  2. A fine, soft, thick cloth of wool mixed with silk or cotton; a sort of twilled fustian, like moleskin.

    Swan's-down cotton. See Cotton flannel, under Cotton.


n. (alternative spelling of swansdown English)

Usage examples of "swan's-down".

There were evening gowns, scarlet, olive, and a shade of gold which only a certain shade of blonde could wear with effect, kid opera gloves spotted with old blood, and fans of painted silk or swan's-down.