Cretonne (Cre-Ton'). [Derived from the name of the first maker, M. Cretonne, of Paris]. Originally a strong white fabric of hempen warp and linen weft, with various textures of surface, sometimes plain but oftener twilled or "momied." Forty years ago, when chintzes went out of fashion an enterprising Philadelphia manufacturer saw the beauty which might lie in printing the white cretonne with delicate patterns and finishing it with a glaze, and forthwith placed his inspiration upon the market. The fabric came into immediate and permanent popularity. It is used for many household purposes, chiefly however for curtains, chair and sofa coverings. [See Chintz]