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 Mink slippers embroidered with glass pearls complete a taffeta marbled suit. Jenny Hartman & Alexander Fisher, WSJ, "From Fendi to Christian Dior: The 14 Best Couture Looks of the Season," 30 Jan. 2021 Brandon Veloria Giordano of downtown-beloved vintage store James Veloria modeled a killer plaid Moschino taffeta and tulle dress and Todd Oldman glasses. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Emily Ratajkowksi, Lil Nas X, and More," 19 Dec. 2020 But Kelty kicks it up with hydrophobic Dri-Down, which isn’t nearly as finicky about moisture, and some solid design upgrades such as an interior stash pocket and a soft nylon taffeta lining. Ben Romans, Outdoor Life, "The 2020 Camping Gear Gift Guide," 26 Nov. 2020 Some of these clips also serve as attachment points for the waterproof 70-denier nylon taffeta fly. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Winter Tents for Your Next Snowy Adventure," 3 Dec. 2020 Kate Kinsel New York textile designer and artist Kate Kinsel created angel tree toppers ($1,450) from brass, Swarovski crystals, Austrian glass, silk taffeta and velvet. Lindzi Scharf, Los Angeles Times, "The 17 best home-good gifts to splurge on," 2 Dec. 2020 The 70-denier high tenacity nylon taffeta is very breathable, so no more sweaty backs after an afternoon snooze. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Backcountry Hunting and Fishing Gifts Guide," 24 Nov. 2020 Lightweight but warm, the vest has a standing mock collar, pockets and a silky taffeta lining. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The warmest workout gear to keep you active this winter," 16 Nov. 2020 The Queen first wore the taffeta gown for a State dinner at the British Embassy in Rome during a State Visit in 1961. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Princess Beatrice Sees Her Wedding Dress (Borrowed from the Queen!) on Display at Windsor Castle," 23 Sep. 2020

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

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6 Feb 2021

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“Taffeta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taffeta. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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