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noun, plural pad·u·a·soys.
  1. a slightly corded, strong, rich, silk fabric.
  2. a garment made of this.
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Origin of paduasoy

1625–35; alteration of French pou de soie (variant of poult de soie literally, pelt of silk) by association with Padua
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Historical Examples

  • The white “Paduasoy” figured again in the letters, with almost as much vigour as before.


    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

  • The chevalier would then brush away the snuff which had settled in the folds of his waistcoat or his paduasoy breeches.

    An Old Maid

    Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for paduasoy


  1. a rich strong silk fabric used for hangings, vestments, etc
  2. a garment made of this
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Word Origin

C17: changed (through influence of Padua) from earlier poudesoy, from French pou-de-soie, of obscure origin
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