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Definition of tulle

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

Examples of tulle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One wanted lace that draped over her curves like plastic wrap, leading to a tulle explosion at her knees. Danielle Braff, New York Times, "Get to Know These Black Bridal Designers," 7 Oct. 2020 Murphy’s love for the fashion industry is mutual—from her memorable performance at Viktor & Rolf’s spring 2010 Swiss cheese cut-out tulle show, to playing at parties for Balenciaga and Valentino—but her approach to styling has firmly shifted. Liam Hess, Vogue, "Róisín Murphy Is Still Pop’s Most Inventive Style Star," 3 Oct. 2020 Without formal training, Koizumi tried to re-create the same vibe with his own designs, playing with proportions and color to form one-of-kind tulle pieces that eschew notions of practicality. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tomo Koizumi's Fashion Fairy Tale Has Led Him to a New Pucci Collaboration," 28 Sep. 2020 Posing for the photos over the course of one day, Shangela rocked a pink and black tulle gown at the Eiffel Tower and in front of a Dairy Queen, and a tinsel-style gown shot in a friend’s spacious backyard. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Drag Superstar Shangela Turned Her Emmys Weekend Into a Fashion-Filled Extravaganza," 21 Sep. 2020 For the occasion, the reality star wore a pink tulle skirt paired with black heels, and of course a tiara. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Original RHOC Star Jo De La Rosa Turns 40: 'Don't Ever Let Anyone Take Away Your Sparkle'," 4 Sep. 2020 While the front side of the sign is decorated with flowers made of cardboard, paper and tulle, the back side is covered in writing. oregonlive, "Colorful ‘DEFUND’ sign appears in front of Portland City Hall, critical of local police," 24 Aug. 2020 Some pulled out silver chains and black tulle to get as close to the original as possible, while others detailed dolls with sequins to create J.Lo Barbies. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez’s High Fashion Hashtag Brings Out Instagram’s Creativity," 13 Aug. 2020 This navy blue tulle dress, created in 1937, has stars embroidered into its fabric and is one of many designs inspired by choreographer George Balanchine’s 1932 ballet Cotillon. Nadine Daher, Smithsonian Magazine, "From Ballerina Flats to Tutus, Ballet Has Left Its Mark on Fashion," 27 Feb. 2020

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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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21 Oct 2020

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“Tulle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tulle. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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