- a medium-weight or light-weight fabric of acetate, nylon, rayon, or silk, usually smooth, crisp, and lustrous, plain-woven, and with a fine crosswise rib effect.
- any of various other fabrics of silk, linen, wool, etc., in use at different periods.
- of or resembling taffeta.
Origin of taffeta
Examples from the Web for taffeta
In the Forum Club, there is taffeta and lace, leather and gold.Shaq, Year One
Charles P. Pierce
May 24, 2014
How does this design differ from the taffeta with the design?Clothing and Health
The curtain, of taffeta, cut cross-wise, is not gathered in the seam.
And the knight, Sir Oliver Lollio, swore he would bestow a taffeta petticoat on thee, but to break his fast with thee.
Taffeta and silk, as well as fine parchment, were used for the mounts.
Instinctively she sensed when taffeta was to be superseded by foulard.Half Portions
- a crisp lustrous plain-weave silk, rayon, etc, used esp for women's clothes
- (as modifier)a taffeta petticoat
- any of various similar fabrics
Word Origin and History for taffeta
late 14c., from Old French taffetas (early 14c.), from Italian taffeta, ultimately from Persian taftah "silk or linen cloth," noun use of taftah, past participle of taftan "to shine," also "to twist, spin." Applied to different fabrics at different times (and cf. tapestry).