\ ˈtül \

Definition of tulle 

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

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Beneath the highway, guests were seated at two massive yet unassuming banquet-style tables with plastic seats, each one decorated with a white tulle bow. Kristen Bateman, The Cut, "Vetements Showed Shirts Printed With a Russian Insult," 2 July 2018 Banks debuted her new highlighted ‘do with a mock-neck jumpsuit with tulle sleeves and beaded lace detailing. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "2018 Bet Awards Style Highlights: Blac Chyna's Silver Hair, Janelle Monáe's Pride Gown and More!," 25 June 2018 Perhaps a lace or tulle style would suit the ease of your wedding day setting. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "10 Mistakes to Avoid When Shopping for a Wedding Dress," 5 June 2018 Gaga, who arrived on the red carpet in a giant black skirt wrapped around a lacy, naked jumpsuit, changed into a strapless pink tulle dream of a dress for the performance, which also included a powerful mention of the #TimesUp movement. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "Lady Gaga Just Performed on a Piano With Angel Wings at the 2018 Grammys," 29 Jan. 2018 The myriad interlocking crystal embroideries, meanwhile, were said to mirror cobblestones and netted tulle, embroidered with gold, evoked lovers’ padlocks on the Pont des Arts (that were famously banned by Paris authorities). Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Chanel recreates Paris for couture show celebrating the city," 3 July 2018 Her 16-foot silk tulle veil stretched out behind her, featuring flora representing the 53 countries of the Commonwealth at Meghan's request. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Here come the Meghan Markle royal wedding gown knockoffs," 25 May 2018 Her staircase-sweeping silk tulle veil’s floral embroidery paid tribute to 53 countries of the Commonwealth of Nations. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "We Are Gathered Here Today to Enjoy Some Memes About Meghan Markle's Veil," 22 May 2018 The five-meter silk tulle veil took longer to complete than the dress—almost 500 hours meticulously spent creating each flower with silk threads and organza on a flat surface before sewing it onto the veil. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Untold Story of Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress," 22 May 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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