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Definition of voile

: a fine soft sheer fabric used especially for women's summer clothing or curtains

Examples of voile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bespoke, kinetic sculptures are suspended from the ceiling to create a gentle energy, while light and airy voile drapes provide a sense of intimacy. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Warmer temperatures also mean that now is the moment to consider skirts made of lighter fabrics like a lightweight cotton voile or a smooth silk satin. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 9 Mar. 2021 Offsetting choreography by Brieuc Breitenstein will be a curtain in cotton voile and light projections orchestrated by technical director Etienne Guiol, whose four cameras and 3D mappings will trace details of craft, perforations, draping, and cut. Tina Isaac-goizé, Vogue, 25 Nov. 2020 In a method called sous voile, this wine ages in barrel under a veil of yeast. Lettie Teague, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2020 Ordinary detergents will fade the patterns; a dryer will mangle both the voile and the linen. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 9 Feb. 2018 McQ floral-print voile shirt Invest A black floral print shirt is romantic and masculine at the same time and in fluid fabrics its even swaggier. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, 11 Feb. 2018 Inside, there was a pleasant hum of activity as shoppers sought out just the cashmere for a wrap, just the tweed for a jacket, just the linen for a tablecloth, the voile for a curtain, the lace for a pillowcase. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Jan. 2018 In his sewing with thread or copper wire on crepe, velvet, cotton or voile, stitching takes the place of brush strokes and the works become stand-ins for objects in everyday life: satchels, handkerchiefs and embroidery samplers. Roberta Smith And Martha Schwendener, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of voile

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for voile

French, veil, from Old French, from Latin vela, neuter plural of velum

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27 Apr 2021

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“Voile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voile. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of voile

: a soft, light fabric that you can see through slightly and that is used for making curtains, summer clothes, etc.


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