noun Etymology: Middle English taffata, from Anglo-French, from Old Italian taffettà, from Turkish tafta, from Persian tāftah woven Date: 14th century a crisp plain-woven lustrous fabric of various fibers used especially for women's clothing

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  • Taffeta — (formerly sometimes spelled taffety) is a crisp, smooth woven fabric made from silk or synthetic fibers. The word is Persian in origin, and means twisted woven. It is considered to be a high end fabric, suitable for use in ball gowns, wedding… …   Wikipedia

  • taffeta — [taf′i tə] n. [ME taffata < OFr taffetas < It taffetà < Pers tāftah, woven < tāftan, to weave, spin, shine] a fine, rather stiff fabric of silk, nylon, acetate, etc., with a sheen adj. like or made of taffeta …   English World dictionary

  • Taffeta — Taf fe*ta, Taffety Taf fe*ty, n. [F. taffetas, It. taffet[ a], from Per. t[=a]ftah, originally, twisted, woven, from t[=a]ftan to twist, to spin.] A fine, smooth stuff of silk, having usually the wavy luster called watering. The term has also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • taffeta — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. taffetas (early 14c.), from It. taffeta, ultimately from Pers. taftah silk or linen cloth, noun use of taftah, pp. of taftan to shine, also to twist, spin. Applied to different fabrics at different times (and Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Taffeta — Taffeta, ein seidenglänzend appretierter Baumwollenstoff mit 30–33 Fäden auf 1 cm aus Garnen Nr. 36–40 engl …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • taffeta — ► NOUN ▪ a fine lustrous silk or similar synthetic fabric. ORIGIN Latin, from a Persian word meaning to shine …   English terms dictionary

  • taffeta — /taf i teuh/, n. 1. a medium weight or light weight fabric of acetate, nylon, rayon, or silk, usually smooth, crisp, and lustrous, plain woven, and with a fine crosswise rib effect. 2. any of various other fabrics of silk, linen, wool, etc., in… …   Universalium

  • taffeta — [[t]tæ̱fɪtə[/t]] N UNCOUNT Taffeta is shiny stiff material made of silk or nylon that is used mainly for making women s clothes …   English dictionary

  • taffeta — taf•fe•ta [[t]ˈtæf ɪ tə[/t]] n. pl. tas, adj. 1) tex a smooth, crisp, usu. lustrous fabric of silk, rayon, acetate, or various other fibers, in plain weave, with a fine horizontal rib 2) tex of or resembling taffeta • Etymology: 1325–75; ME… …   From formal English to slang

  • taffeta — /ˈtæfətə / (say tafuhtuh) noun 1. a lustrous silk or rayon fabric of plain weave. 2. any of various other fabrics of silk, linen, wool, etc., in use at different periods. –adjective 3. of or resembling taffeta. {Middle English taffata, from… …   Australian English dictionary

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