[ taf-i-tuh ]
/ ˈtæf ɪ tə /


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

1325–75; Middle English taffata < Medieval LatinPersian tāftah silken or linen cloth, noun use of past participle of tāftan to twist, spin
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British Dictionary definitions for taffeta


/ (ˈtæfɪtə) /


  1. a crisp lustrous plain-weave silk, rayon, etc, used esp for women's clothes
  2. (as modifier)a taffeta petticoat
any of various similar fabrics

Word Origin for taffeta

C14: from Medieval Latin taffata, from Persian tāftah spun, from tāftan to spin
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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).

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