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[foo-lahrd, fuh-] /fuˈlɑrd, fə-/
a soft, lightweight silk, rayon, or cotton of plain or twill weave with printed design, for neckties, scarves, trimmings, etc.
Origin of foulard
From French, dating back to 1820-30, of uncertain origin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for foulard
Historical Examples
  • She felt as if she were choking somehow, and removed the foulard that she wore about her neck.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • Instinctively she sensed when taffeta was to be superseded by foulard.

    Half Portions Edna Ferber
  • He glanced over his shoulder and winked jocosely at the woman with the foulard blouse.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • The first sum was wrapped in a foulard handkerchief knotted by the four corners.

    The Village Rector Honore de Balzac
  • At once to the quick click of an ouvreuses key, the door opened and Tempest appeared, a foulard showing above his coat.

    The Monster

    Edgar Saltus
  • I have been driving about shivering in the open carriage and my seal-skin felt like a foulard.

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife Mary King Waddington
  • Traveling Dresses are principally composed of foulard coutit, or of flowered jaconets, with the cassaquette of the same material.

  • Mollie's mother had a foulard silk dress last summer; so did Grandmother Allen.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • None is more so than the foulard dress of a dark color, with branches of foliage and large bouquets of flowers.

British Dictionary definitions for foulard


/fuːˈlɑːd; ˈfuːlɑː/
a soft light fabric of plain-weave or twill-weave silk or rayon, usually with a printed design
something made of this fabric, esp a scarf or handkerchief
Word Origin
C19: from French, of unknown origin
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