taf·​fe·​ta | \ ˈta-fə-tə How to pronounce taffeta (audio) \

Definition of taffeta

: a crisp plain-woven lustrous fabric of various fibers used especially for women's clothing

Examples of taffeta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At Variety’s Power of Women event in Los Angeles, Katy Perry captured the mood in miles of Schiaparelli taffeta, stealing the show in a piece from Daniel Roseberry’s fall 2021 couture collection. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 4 Oct. 2021 Already a high drama look, Union amplified her voluminous ball gown and taffeta cape with towering hair and plenty of diamonds. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 6 Dec. 2021 The bride, now Princess Nina of Greece and Denmark, wore a white silk taffeta gown with a V-neckline, an empire waist decorated with a front bow, and a full pleated skirt with a sweeping train. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Oct. 2021 The show was a radiant display - from a taffeta gold two-piece gown to a lime green strapless midi dress with a matching hat - and the perfect setting to showcase the up-and-coming diamond collection. Olivia Perez, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 At Valentino: washed taffeta in chocolate, violet and bright green on her; the same on him. New York Times, 11 Oct. 2021 The front curtain is electric-blue taffeta, pulled aside to reveal a green velvet grotto, backed by a filmy gauze curtain, drawn in front of a curtain of silver lamé. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 24 Sep. 2021 Piccioli utilized a combination of taffeta, faille, and seven additional fabrics, all in a striking neon rose hue. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 15 Sep. 2021 Curtains are a silk taffeta with a whimsical Chinese-lantern fringe. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 30 July 2021

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First Known Use of taffeta

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for taffeta

Middle English taffata, from Anglo-French, from Old Italian taffettà, from Turkish tafta, from Persian tāftah woven

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27 Dec 2021

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“Taffeta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taffeta. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of taffeta

: a stiff, shiny type of cloth that is used especially to make dresses

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