Definitions

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

  • n. A fine, often starched net of silk, rayon, or nylon, used especially for veils, tutus, or gowns.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of silk lace or light netting, used for veils, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of silk lace or light netting, used for veils, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fine and thin silk net, originally made with bobbins (compare bobbin-net), but now woven by machinery.

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

  • n. a fine (often starched) net used for veils or tutus or gowns

Etymologies

French, after Tulle, a city of south-central France.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But the tulle is not that of fairyland; it is more like the “white samite, mystic, wonderful” of King Arthur [sic].

    Further Pavlova

  • I say hair, but really I mean tulle, which is pretending to be hair.

    Covering Dani

  • Conjunctivitis has also been recorded from wearing of "tulle" dresses.

    January 2010

  • This presents alternately, in its movement, entire and punctured spaces, the former for receiving the blow of the punch and the latter for allowing passage at the desired moment to the plunger as it goes to fasten the dots upon the tulle which is passing along underneath the channel, D.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 303, October 22, 1881

  • The word "tulle" itself conjures images of stiff, scratchy pink tutus at childhood ballet lessons, but Rodarte's silk translation is far more grown-up, looking more at home at a gala event than at a dance recital.

    Bookspotcentral

  • Lulubelle features designers such as tulle, Nick&Mo, easy money, Paige denim, honey dew, velvet and blue platypus.

    Glenwood Springs Post Independent - Top Stories

  • One standout was a pearl-embroidered silk chiffon gown with tulle skirt that came bursting out of a Moroccan Beni-embroidered coat -- you'll know it when you see it.

    Gazelle Emami: Oscar de la Renta Fall 2011 (PHOTOS): Park Avenue Meets Morocco

  • Tolstoy seems to know not only about her feelings of excitement, but also about the arrangement of her tulle dress over her pink slip and elaborate coiffure "surmounted by a rose and two small leaves".

    Ten of the best balls in literature

  • A woman wearing cloudy froth sorts pewter and holds a blue bottle to the sunlight, then strokes a gilded mirror for the image of an 1890s great-grandmother, young in a tulle gown, plush stole, and tiara.

    Antiques Fair

  • Abillowy frock of mauve and pink tulle, with a tiny jewelled bodice, is completedby a tinted wig in the same primula shade, while glittering bracelets, caught withwisps of tulle, show up the fairylike wrists manipulating a great fan of snow-whiteplumes.

    Further Pavlova

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