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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: fabrique, from Latin fabrica 'thing made, place where things are made'

fabric

noun
     
Related topics: Daily Life
fab‧ric W3
1 [uncountable and countable]D cloth used for making clothes, curtains etc [= material]:
our new range of fabrics and wallpapers
cotton/silk/synthetic etc fabric
printed cotton fabric
2 [singular] the fabric of a society is its basic structure, way of life, relationships, and traditions
fabric of
Drug abuse poses a major threat to the fabric of our society.
The country's social fabric is disintegrating.
3

the fabric of something

TBB the fabric of a building is its basic structure, including walls and the roof:
the need to preserve the fabric of the church

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