[voil; French vwal]
- a lightweight, semisheer fabric of wool, silk, rayon, or cotton constructed in plain weave.
Origin of voile
1885–90; < French; Anglo-French veile veil
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Examples from the Web for voile
Mary and I started off about 5.30 in ordinary summer dress—foulard and voile.Letters of a Diplomat's Wife
Mary King Waddington
Sally might have retorted with baffling words about seams and camisoles and voile; but she was shrewd in mystic silence.Coquette
Godefroy gives 'guite, chapeau'; and Roquefort has 'wite, voile.'
Gingham was decided not to be fine enough for the occasion and a pretty piece of voile was chosen instead.A House Party with the Tucker Twins
Lucinda checked another sigh, gathered up an escaped flutter of voile, and marched on.Chronicles of Avonlea
Lucy Maud Montgomery
- a light semitransparent fabric of silk, rayon, cotton, etc, used for dresses, scarves, shirts, etc
C19: from French: veil
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Word Origin and History for voile
1889, from French voile "veil" (see veil (n.)).
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