\bә-▐tēst, ba-\ n [F] (1697) (1) A sheer, woven, mercerized fabric of combed cotton or polyester/cotton resembling nainsook, only finer, with a lengthwise streak. (2) A rayon fabric decorated with dobby woven striped and jacquard florals. (3) A smooth, fine, woven fabric, lighter that challis and very similar to nun’s veiling. (Kadolph SJJ, Langford AL (2001) Textiles. Pearson Education, New York).