Origin of taffeta
Examples from the Web for taffeta
In the Forum Club, there is taffeta and lace, leather and gold.
A pair of small scissors, a silver needle, pins, cotton and taffeta.The Barrel Mystery|William J. (William James) Flynn
Taffeta is one of the oldest weaves known, silk under this name having been in constant use since the fourteenth century.Textiles|William H. Dooley
In the same way, the Epeira puts the eiderdown quilting and the taffeta wrapper round a capsule that contains nothing.The Life of the Spider|J. Henri Fabre
And she advanced towards the door to meet a little old lady in a Carmelite taffeta gown and a cap of guipure with long borders.Sentimental Education, Volume II|Gustave Flaubert
When she had searched every part thoroughly, they took all my clothes, except a taffeta cap for the head, and went away.Memoirs of Leonora Christina|Leonora Christina Ulfeldt
British Dictionary definitions for taffeta
- a crisp lustrous plain-weave silk, rayon, etc, used esp for women's clothes
- (as modifier)a taffeta petticoat
Word Origin for taffeta
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).