: 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 Unusually for a wedding dress, Virginia’s Dior gown was crafted with a cotton voile, symbolizing the freshness and lightness of love, and giving the dress an inherently modern feel. Laura Tortora, Vogue, 2 Oct. 2023 Elegant toile prints, meanwhile, were crafted in cotton voile. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Sep. 2023 Jane lives it up in a white voile shirt, far left, that’s just one sheer beautiful plunge, wrapped with a corselet of Goya-red satin over a swirl of black skirt. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 17 July 2023 On the set of The Misfits, Monroe donned a white cotton voile blouse, a brown belt, western booties and a pair of Lady Levi's (the first line of jeans for women). Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 22 June 2023 Small-scale producers supply the brand’s woven silk and voile fabrics, which are made on antique hand looms, giving their camp shirts and patchwork trousers a homespun quality. Lindsey Tramuta Jameson Montgomery Juan A. Ramírez Ellie Pithers Gisela Williams Amy Fang, New York Times, 25 May 2023 Materials and production process: The silhouettes are loose and flowing with materials including crepe de chine, silk, organic cotton poplin, cotton silk voile and cupro voile. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 From left: Gabriela Hearst’s goddessy bustier dress in raffia and pleated cotton voile; an intricate, layered look from Marine Serre; voluminous separates at Alaïa; Raf Simons ’s oversized option; an elegant and elaborate interpretation by Simone Rocha. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 Finish with the biscuit coulant, aka the fondant, which Michel bras is said to have invented in the 80s, or the voile de kasha chicory and chickpea meringue with sprouted herbs and coconut milk rice. Rooksana Hossenally, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of voile was in 1889

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Cite this Entry

“Voile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voile. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a soft sheer fabric used for summer dresses and for curtains
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