Definitions

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

  • n. A light, plain-weave, sheer fabric of cotton, rayon, silk, or wool used especially for making dresses and curtains.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A light, translucent cotton fabric used for making curtains and dresses

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fabric similar to the old-fashioned nun's-veiling, but made with somewhat heavier yarns.

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

  • n. a light semitransparent fabric

Etymologies

French, from Old French veile, veil, from Latin vēla, neuter pl. of vēlum, covering.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman veil, Old French voile. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Like batiste, voile is a fine sheer fabric usually used for making dresses and curtains.

    "Make It Yourself": Home Sewing, Gender, and Culture, 1890-1930

  • Wands made with lavender tied in voile and ribbon, were stored along with the linens, to keep bugs away and to add a fresh scent.

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  • France's answer to Spain's top-quality dry sherry, these two wines share similarities in the way they are produced, aging under a blanket of yeast, called "voile" in the case of Vin Jaune and "flor" with Sherry.

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  • Tissue thin, the voile rises and falls at the window like the valve of a new-born's heart, a pulse in slow motion.

    Crown-of-thorns

  • We ate out on the deck and afterwards Chris fitted the voile screens onto Lisa's windows while I caught up on some paperwork.

    Crown-of-thorns

  • Bee Group dresses and separates by color—instead of by season—which will coax you to mix cashmere with cotton voile and khaki with velvet, with surprisingly cool results.

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  • However, for his Spring 2011 collection, Gn focused eyelet cotton voile with lace insets, silk georgette and silk crepe in all sorts of colors.

    Linda Grasso: Behind the Scenes at the Andrew Gn Show in Paris

  • Français · Une femme égyptienne tuée dans un tribunal allemand à cause de son voile srpski · Egipćanka ubijena u nemačkoj sudnici zbog nošenja vela

    Global Voices in English » Egyptian woman killed in German court for being veiled

  • “Perhaps the cream voile, Madame Hughes?” offered Madame Sophie, holding out a light, puffed creation.

    Exit the Actress

  • (It sounds so much nicer in French: “Une interdiction générale du seul voile intégral serait soumise à de fortes incertitudes juridiques.”) Martinned (Quote)

    The Volokh Conspiracy » What’s Going on With Turkey

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