Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A lightweight twill or plain-woven fabric of silk or silk and cotton, usually having a small printed design.
  • n. An article of clothing, especially a necktie or scarf, made of this fabric.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thin, washable material of silk, or silk and cotton, usually with a printed pattern on it. It was originally imported from India, but now also made elsewhere.
  • n. an article of clothing made of foulard{1}, such as a neckpiece.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A soft, thin, and flexible washable silk, without twill. It was originally made in India, but is now successfully produced in the south of France.
  • n. Hence A silk handkerchief, especially one used as a cravat or to tie around the neck.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a light plain-weave or twill-weave silk or silklike fabric (usually with a printed design)

Etymologies

French.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French foulard. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Cendall was a very fine, thin silk fit for summer wear, resembling what is now called foulard; say was the coarsest and cheapest sort of silk, and was used for upholstery as well as clothing.

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  • Yet with the economic disparities, immigration issues, higher unemployment and Sarkozy the hardliner president enforcing the ban on women/girls wearing the 'foulard' scarf in the workplace or school who knows?

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  • They saw a plain figure dressed in a pink silk of the kind that is tempered by the word "foulard," and a plain face that wore a look of love of life that the queens envied.

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  • Carla Crosta Silk foulard 1989 by Carla Crosta on show in Milan.

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  • When you meet a chateau owner in Bordeaux, his hands are smooth and he's wearing a foulard.

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  • The star at our table was Aubert de Villaine, the 71-year-old proprietor of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, one of the few Burgundian vignerons who probably wears a foulard from time to time.

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  • In fact, the French have an entire vocabulary for differentiating kinds of scarves: foulard for a classic, lightweight silk scarf; é charpe for a thicker wool scarf; and variations on the foulard, like the smaller gavroche and the square carr é .

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  • Rule #1: Learn how to tie a scarf because a silk foulard has adorned the necks of the loveliest ladies throughout history.

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  • It gives a little bling to the foulard and the masculine touch gives it an astute edge.

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  • Fabio leans in conspiratorially, adjusting his silk foulard.

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