taf·​fe·​ta ˈta-fə-tə How to pronounce taffeta (audio)
: 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 The triangular 1980s jackets with jutting shoulders, and precisely angled gaucho hats were weirdly galactic, while the puffballs of evening taffetas had go-go-decade references in their swirls. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 7 June 2024 Their flower girl, meanwhile, donned a cream lace and taffeta dress while holding a bouquet of flowers. Jenny Haward, Peoplemag, 25 May 2024 Imagine the ghostly rustling of silk taffeta, the clinking of giant paillettes, brought back to life by scientists and engineers. Jason Farago, New York Times, 9 May 2024 The gown was handmade with lace, silk, taffeta and tulle Handmade by Rose and 30 seamstresses in MGM’s studio ateliers, the gown was made of 300 yards of antique Belgian lace and 150 yards of silk, taffeta and tulle. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 12 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for taffeta 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of taffeta was in the 14th century

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“Taffeta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taffeta. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


taf·​fe·​ta ˈtaf-ət-ə How to pronounce taffeta (audio)
: a crisp shiny fabric used especially for women's clothing

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