taf·​fe·​ta | \ˈta-fə-tə \

Definition of taffeta 

: a crisp plain-woven lustrous fabric of various fibers used especially for women's clothing

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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 Manipulating that much taffeta and antique lace in and out of the small state carriages posed considerable complications. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Was a Bridesmaid In Princess Diana's Wedding," 17 May 2018 And then there’s Letitia Wright’s directional, abstract lovely spin on the red carpet suit by Prada (and with a superhero-friendly cape by way of a taffeta train). Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of April 30, 2018," 30 Apr. 2018 Getty Images The strapless gown featured two different colors of material: The corset top was made from gold backed ivory silk satin duchess while the skirt was crafted from ivory silk Radzimir taffeta. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "You Can Now Buy Dresses Inspired by Carrie Bradshaw​'s Iconic Wedding Gown," 25 May 2018 Needlepoint faux 14th-century furniture and bath curtains in silk taffeta that the Manaforts were told was water-repellent. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, "The Rich Have Abandoned Rich-People Rugs," 28 Feb. 2018 The silk-and-taffeta lace design, featured a 25-ft. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "How Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton and Princess Diana's Wedding Gown Trains Stack Up," 19 May 2018 The voluminous gown was designed by then husband and wife duo David and Elizabeth Emanuel, who crafted it out of ivory silk taffeta and a piece of antique lace that had belonged to Queen Mary. Cady Lang, Time, "25 Classic Royal Wedding Dresses That Could Inspire Meghan Markle," 3 May 2018 Girls in silk, taffeta and tulle tottered in sky-high heels. San Francisco Chronicle, "She wanted everything to be perfect, just for one night.," 5 May 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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