taffeta

noun
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 Plus, the nylon taffeta lining throughout the Rave is silky smooth. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Sleep Soundly Under the Stars with the Nemo Rave," 29 Dec. 2019 No florid swirls of taffeta, music and banquet spreads that a lot quinceañeras have become. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "A new American tradition — the double quinceañera," 24 Oct. 2019 Viktor & Rolf Mariage, known for its wearable art-like designs, presented a dramatic taffeta V-neck gown with a petticoat-style skirt in its latest collection inspired by a winter garden. Ivy Manners, New York Times, "What We Saw at New York Bridal Fashion Week," 10 Oct. 2019 Then there are the large taffeta hair bows, shaped from boning wire. Monica Kim, Vogue, "How an Italian-French Duo Is Bringing a Roman Couturier Into the 21st Century," 11 Mar. 2019 My diamonds sparkled around my neck and made a striking contrast to the astronaut’s wings pinned to the peacock green taffeta of my evening gown. David Canfield, EW.com, "The Relentless Moon: Get a first look at the otherworldly follow-up to The Calculating Stars," 5 Nov. 2019 In another, a soloist wrestled with a voluminous taffeta ballgown. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fall arts 2019 | Dance: In dance, Patricia Sandback learns about humor and humility," 15 Sep. 2019 In a look crafted by her stylist Matthew Josephs, the singer wore a custom waist-cinching Ed Marler dress with crystal chainmail, a blue chiffon sash, and a black silk taffeta train. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Story Behind FKA Twigs's Pre-Raphaelite Punk Beauty at the VMAs," 27 Aug. 2019 Then came the more traditional de la Renta gowns, in strapless silk taffeta, in shades of bright yellow or pink. Washington Post, "Dominican vibes and a youthful feel at Oscar de la Renta," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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17 Jan 2020

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“Taffeta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taffeta. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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taffeta

noun
How to pronounce taffeta (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of taffeta

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

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