American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A crisp, smooth, plain-woven fabric with a slight sheen, made of various fibers, such as silk, rayon, or nylon, and used especially for women's garments.
- adj. Made of or resembling this fabric.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A silk or linen fabric: a name applied at different times to very different materials. In the sixteenth century it appears as thick and costly, and as used for dress for both men and women. In 1610 it is mentioned as being very soft and thin. “Chambers's Cyclopædia,” 1741, describes it as a very lnstrous silk, sometimes checkered or flowered, and sometimes striped with gold and silver. Modern taffeta is a thin glossy silk of a fine plain texture, being thus distinguished from gros-grain, which is corded, and surah, which is twilled.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A fine, smooth stuff of silk, having usually the wavy luster called
watering. The term has also been applied to different kinds of silk goods, from the 16th century to modern times.
- n. a crisp smooth lustrous fabric
- From French taffetas, from Italian taffettà, from Persian تافته (tâfte). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French taffetas, from Old Italian taffetà, from Turkish tafta, from Persian tāftah, silk or linen cloth, from past participle of tāftan, to twist, spin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She knew that the other girls would be well dressed, but she could not afford anything new, so she used some turquoise taffeta from a donated dress and combined it with a black velvet top and remembered being very pleased with the result. 50”
“In combining these weaves it is advantageous to have them contrast distinctly, for instance, a short weave such as taffeta or Gros de Tours, with a longer and looser one such as satin, sergé or cannele, also changes from warp to filling effects.”
“Weir, was derived from a kind of taffeta or ribbed silk which used to be called tabby silk.”
“There are few people who do not like the sheen of a soft silk, the sparkle of light on a "taffeta," and the richness of the silk that "can stand alone.”
“Fragile materials -- such as taffeta -- should be kept strictly for the evening, do you not agree?”
“Dresses come in varying lengths, from tea length to floor length, and can incorporate many materials such as taffeta or satin.”
“a kind of taffeta-lining to the Crown, his servility has assumed an air of the most determined independence, and he has”
“When graduation day arrived at last in June, I brushed my hands down the pink taffeta dress that Grandma had bought for ten dollars at our local thrift shop.”
“On the pretext of having sat on some ice cream, she excused herself and returned wearing a robe of looped taffeta.”
“But out stepped an elegant older woman wearing a Burberry taffeta trench coat and a hat.”
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