- a sheer, mesh fabric constructed in plain weave, originally made of silk but now often made of cotton or synthetic fibers.
Origin of tiffany
- Charles Lewis,1812–1902, U.S. jeweler.
- his sonLouis Com·fort [kuhm-fert] /ˈkʌm fərt/, 1848–1933, U.S. painter and decorator, especially of glass.
- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for tiffany
I saw the Scarface with Paul Muni on Sunset Boulevard at the… whatever the name of that theater is, the Tiffany.Al Pacino Does What He Wants to Do: 'The Humbling,' Scorsese, and That 'Scarface' Remake
September 9, 2014
The Power of Yoga If you ask Tiffany Cruikshank, the answer is yes.Yoga Is Good for You. But Is It Medicine?
June 27, 2014
Tiffany,” I say, “when you get married, do you want to live here?
For a moment, Tiffany imagines her two friends doing something slightly wicked, like joy-riding around Syracuse.
Though her heart is breaking for Scott, Tiffany wants to lead yells.
Mr. Tiffany and my father could play chess all day long, and most of the night.Up the River
Owen did not appear to know Mr. Tiffany, or to know of him when his name was mentioned.
Mr. Tiffany seemed to be very earnest in what he said; but I was disappointed because he did not say more.
"Then I will walk with you to your boat," continued Mr. Tiffany.
"But the snakes are more afraid of you than you are of them, Miss Tiffany," replied Cornwood.
- a sheer fine gauzy fabric
- Louis Comfort. 1848–1933, US glass-maker and Art-Nouveau craftsman, best known for creating the Favrile style of stained glass
- another name for Chantilly (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for tiffany
"type of thin, transparent fabric," c.1600; earlier a common name for the festival of the Epiphany (early 14c.; in Anglo-French from late 13c.), from Old French Tifinie, Tiphanie (c.1200), from Late Latin Theophania "Theophany," another name for the Epiphany, from Greek theophania "the manifestation of a god."
Also popular in Old French and Middle English as a name given to girls born on Epiphany Day. The fabric sense is found only in English and is of obscure origin and uncertain relation to the other meanings, unless as a fanciful allusion to "manifestation:"
The invention of that fine silke, Tiffanie, Sarcenet, and Cypres, which instead of apparell to cover and hide, shew women naked through them. [Holland's "Pliny," 1601]
The fashionable N.Y. jewelry firm Tiffany & Co. (1895) is named for its founder, goldsmith Charles L. Tiffany (1812-1902) and his son, Louis C. Tiffany (1848-1933), who was the Art Nouveau decorator noted for his glassware. The surname is attested in English from 1206.