[foo-lahrd, fuh-]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for foulard

Historical Examples of foulard

  • 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  • Instinctively she sensed when taffeta was to be superseded by foulard.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

British Dictionary definitions for foulard



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 for foulard

C19: from French, of unknown origin
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