\ˈtül \

Definition of tulle 

: a sheer often stiffened silk, rayon, or nylon net used chiefly for veils or ballet costumes

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Goldstick piled green tulle and a yellow fabric flower onto a circle-shaped base and secured the embellishments with glue. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "Ahead of royal wedding, women make fascinators in Winthrop," 12 May 2018 At the pageant, children sat cross-legged in the dirt, crowded close to the spindly stage where the contestants spun and danced in red feather headdresses, gold brocade and clouds of tulle. Aurora Almendral, New York Times, "A Transgender Paradox, and Platform, in the Philippines," 29 Apr. 2018 Clues emerged: first a pair of big, bright coral earrings, then a teal strap and bag, before an explosion of color in a wild bird's nest of tulle. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "It Was Black, White and Bold All Over at Red-Carpet Ready Armani Prive Couture Show," 4 July 2018 That’s Short and Sweet Chi Chi London Gilded Grace Lace Dress in Blush $175, Modcloth This dress has a soft blush tone with a gold sheen and layers of tulle made for dancing the night away. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "29 Dreamy Plus-Size Wedding Dresses," 25 June 2018 The veil was five meters — or 16.5 feet — long and was made of silk tulle, reported USA Today. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "The Secret Meaning Behind Meghan Markle's Dramatic Royal Wedding Veil," 19 May 2018 To achieve a greater color dimension, the dress was made of three different colored layers of tulle: navy, aubergine and black. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emilia Clarke's Dior Gown at Cannes Film Festival Took 250 Hours To Make," 16 May 2018 Because the norm is piles of tulle and sparkles and boobage. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Dressing to Win: How to Look Like the Coolest Girl in Any Room," 29 Sep. 2015 Blood-red beading across a nude tulle gown evoked the notion of an open wound. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of tulle

circa 1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tulle

French, from Tulle, France

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The first known use of tulle was circa 1818

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English Language Learners Definition of tulle

: a light, thin type of cloth that is like a net and that is used for veils, evening dresses, etc.

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