from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A soft silk fabric of satin weave having a dull finish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A heavy closely-woven silk fabric, faced with satin on both sides.
French : peau, skin + de, of + soie, silk.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French peau de soie ‘skin of silk’, perhaps originally a trademark. (Wiktionary)