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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Made from lightweight, high-tenacity nylon taffeta, the Doublenest packs into a 5-inch by 5-inch storage bag sewn into the hammock. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "31 Great Gifts for Father’s Day 2019," 5 June 2019 Before their visit, Pat Nixon carefully chose a new wardrobe, as reported in Newsweek: One suit of natural raw silk, a brown silk taffeta cocktail dress, a silk and cotton flowered print dress with jacket and two other dresses. Djurdja Bartlett, Smithsonian, "When the United States and Soviet Union Fought It Out Over Fashion," 4 June 2019 The crunchy taffeta and faille skirts, a hallmark of the house, are reinterpreted as silky palazzo pants or georgette ruffles, better made for lounging and dancing. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How Designer Wes Gordon is Reimagining Carolina Herrera for the Next Generation," 6 Dec. 2018 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

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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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