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faille

[ fahyl, feyl; French fa-yuh ]
/ faɪl, feɪl; French ˈfa yə /
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noun

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

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Origin of faille

1520–30; <Middle French, Old French; of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for faille

faille
/ (feɪl, French faj) /

noun

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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