The Meaning Of ‘Marocain,’ The Word That Won The 2017 Spelling Bee

On Thursday night, 12-year-old Ananya Vinay won the Scripps National Spelling Bee after correctly spelling the word ?marocain.? But what exactly does that word mean? 

Marocain, derived from the French word for Moroccan, is a ribbed crepe dress fabric. Its warp threads, which give a fabric its strength, are made of silk, wool or rayon (or a combination of those). The fabric is often used to make dresses and women?s suits and is quite recognizable because of its ribbed look, according to

If you need help figuring out how to pronounce marocain, this video will help:

Below are photos of dresses made from marocain:

Now you know! 

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