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

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The alternate gown was simpler than Diana's real wedding dress, but it was made of the same ivory silk taffeta and still featured ruffles around the neck, Hello! reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "All About Princess Diana's Second Wedding Dress," 17 Aug. 2018 The hotel opened in 2016 with just a handful of rooms, each with an elegant cream-and-gold palette and furnishings in silk and taffeta. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Room at...Hotel Splendide Royal in Paris," 8 Jan. 2019 With its voluminous taffeta ruffles, lengthy train, and zesty tangerine color, the gown felt worlds away from the barely there outfits Beyoncé has favored throughout the tour, but the change in style proved meaningful. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé Turns Her Paris Concert Into a Real Couture Runway," 17 July 2018 The resulting design—full of happy kelly greens, bold yellow stripes, and taffeta table skirts—ran in that month's issue. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Miles Redd Designed His Parents’ Retirement Home," 21 Dec. 2018 For the occasion, the Duchess chose to wear a Brock Collection taffeta dress, covered in a delicate floral pattern with a romantic and ethereal vibe that's not quite her normal style. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Floral Brock Collection Dress is Such a Different Look for the Duchess," 18 Dec. 2018 With choreography and couture printed on the invitation, the red carpet—a parade of taffeta and tulle—did not disappoint. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The New York City Ballet Hosts a Fall Gala to Remember With Costumes by Gareth Pugh, Alberta Ferretti, and Giles Deacon," 28 Sep. 2018 In the living room, the designer toned down the parchment and goldenrod walls, traded out heavy gold silk-taffeta curtains for the same design in lighter-weight linen, and painted the fireplace and terra-cotta mirrors above it to mimic stone. Kathleen Hackett, ELLE Decor, "Return Engagement," 7 June 2012 Town & Country reported the ivory taffeta dress was embroidered with sequins, frilled lace and 10,000 pearls. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Princess Diana's waist shrunk down to 23 inches for her wedding to Prince Charles," 30 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of taffeta

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

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