taffeta

[ taf-i-tuh ]
/ ˈtæf ɪ tə /

noun

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.

adjective

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

taffeta
/ (ˈtæfɪtə) /

noun

  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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