Definitions

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

  • n. A slightly ribbed, woven fabric of silk, cotton, or rayon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fabric woven from silk, cotton, or rayon with slight ribs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A soft silk, heavier than a foulard and not glossy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Originally, a hood covering the face, worn by nuns of certain orders; also, a veil worn by women, and covering the head and shoulders, the word having different meanings at different periods from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century.
  • n. Hence The material of which such a garment was made.
  • n. A silk fabric having a very light “grain” or cord, in distinction from ottoman, which has a heavy cord (gros grain), and from surah, which is twilled.

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

  • n. a ribbed woven fabric of silk or rayon or cotton

Etymologies

French, from Old North French, cloth head-covering worn by women in Flanders, possibly from Middle Dutch falie, scarf.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • When the dress of silk faille and feathers still hadn't arrived just days before her daughter's bat mitzvah, Lesley Wolman called Savannah, the Santa Monica, Calif., boutique where she'd ordered the dress at a trunk show.

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  • One of the master's endless searches was for fabrics that had inner life and light—paper taffeta, silk faille, organza—as well as a firm enough "hand" to hold volumetric shapes made with fewer seams.

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  • Prabal Gurung Draped silk faille dress with gazar ruffles.

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  • Getty Images Oscar de la Renta featured unapologetic luxury with fabrics like silk faille and a finely detailed orange dress.

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  • She called the effect "faille brush stroke print."

    Designers Take Refuge in Warmer Fabrics

  • So, more classic looks, such as white suits with a painted-on print were dominated by show-stopping ball gowns in taffeta and silk faille in colors like coral and pale green, some with embroidery.

    Versatility a Byword for Spring

  • Mary Pat selected wonderful wedding dresses made with the finest organza, faille, and chiffon silks.

    Sea Escape

  • The following day, Collins went to the beach to work on her tan, knowing she would have ample opportunity to show it off later when she zipped herself into a too small black faille dress for a party that evening.

    STAR

  • White blouses had complicated folds and dresses were adorned with floral details and silk faille bows.

    Luxury-Goods Firms Turn Up Volume on Value

  • Manchicourt - Missa "Cuidez vous que Dieu nou faille"

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