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Definition of voile

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Ordinary detergents will fade the patterns; a dryer will mangle both the voile and the linen. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "The Duchess of Windsor’s Favorite Sheets, On Sale," 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, "What to Wear on Valentine's Day (and Your Next Date Too)," 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, "New Britex is for those who sew, and also those who ogle," 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, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 10 Jan. 2018 Cut to about half a year later, and Hayman is transformed—made bright and sleek with combinations of shiny chrome and light oak, washed-tropical colors and acres of transparent white voile linen. Condé Nast Traveler, "One&Only Hayman Island," 20 Oct. 2017 Ghesquière also pulled from the 18th-century trunk an aristocratic blouse (perhaps in cotton voile) with full sleeves. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "How to Dress in 2018," 4 Oct. 2017

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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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The first known use of voile was in 1889

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“Voile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voile. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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