[fahyl, feyl; French fa-yuh]


a soft, transversely ribbed fabric of silk, rayon, or lightweight taffeta.

Origin of faille

1520–30; < Middle French, Old French; of obscure origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for faille

Historical Examples of faille

  • Do you see that milk-girl with her scarlet petticoat and Flemish faille?

    In the Days of My Youth

    Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards

  • To this class belong the grosgrains, Ottoman, faille Francaise—a silk resembling grosgrain, but softer and brighter.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • Faille Francaise—A soft, lustrous silk of wider cord than grosgrain, but narrower than ottoman.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • But the loss in length should be figured and taken account of on goods with a heavy rib, such as moir, faille, etc.

    Theory Of Silk Weaving

    Arnold Wolfensberger

  • Faille and Bouchot, expecting to succeed, paid the money; they failed while the bottles were making.

British Dictionary definitions for faille



a soft light ribbed fabric of silk, rayon, or taffeta

Word Origin for faille

C16: from French: head covering, hence, fabric used for this, of obscure origin
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