Posted by: victanguera | April 5, 2012

Word Wednesday #5

Late again. I wasn’t on the computer at all yesterday as my level of klutz has gone to new heights. Note to self: don’t poke your eye with a dull stick (finger). It’s nasty.

For today’s word, I bring you ruched, a word that Word insists isn’t a word. Yes, this is once again a sewing related word, but if you are anything like me, often our hobbies infuse our writing. Infuse, there’s another great word for you.


ruche [roosh]


a strip of pleated lace, net, muslin, or other material for trimming or finishing a dress, as at the collar or sleeves.

1820–30;  < French:  literally, beehive < Gallo-Romance *rūsca  bark, apparently < Gaulish;  compare Welsh rhisg ( l ) bark, rind

Related forms

ruched, adjective
ruch·ing, noun
From Merriam-Webster:

ruche noun \ˈrüsh\

Definition of RUCHE

: a pleated, fluted, or gathered strip of fabric used for trimming
ruched adjective

Variants of RUCHE

ruche or ruch·ing

Origin of RUCHE

French ruche literally, beehive, from Medieval Latin ruscabark

First Known Use: 1827


  1. Have you ever used it in a sentence before? Or a story?

    Inquiring minds want to know 😀

    • Yes, but because of the sewing background, incorrectly. Quite unfortunately. I’d thought ruche described a way to fold fabric, not that it was a type of trim. So something ruched would be a gathered or folded fabric (so a shirt could be ruched for example), not that it only meant trim.

      For example, this skirt:

      Ruched Pencil Skirt

      I’m now under the impression that the textile industry incorrectly uses the term. That or that dictionaries don’t fully understand what those who create with fabric know. In order to create the trim, you must first ruche (or gather) it.

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