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[tool; French tyl]
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  1. a thin, fine, machine-made net of acetate, nylon, rayon, or silk.
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Origin of tulle

1810–20; < French, after Tulle, France, where first made


[tool; French tyl]
  1. a city in and the capital of Corrèze, in S central France.
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  1. a department in central France. 2273 sq. mi. (5885 sq. km). Capital: Tulle.
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  • Mon Dieu, what a beauty it gives you, and that placing of the tulle is ravissant.

    Blue-grass and Broadway

    Maria Thompson Daviess

  • The line of contact should always be softened by an edge of lace, tulle, or ruching.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke

  • Tulle, chiffon, net and silk georgette are the most popular materials.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2

    Lillian Eichler Watson

  • I'd seen a lovely piece of tulle that morning, when we stopped in the Emporium.

    Georgina's Service Stars

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • Her tulle veil was held by a bandeau of lilies of the valley.

    News Writing

    M. Lyle Spencer

British Dictionary definitions for tulle


  1. a fine net fabric of silk, rayon, etc, used for evening dresses, as a trimming for hats, etc
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from Tulle, city in S central France, where it was first manufactured


  1. a department of central France, in Limousin region. Capital: Tulle. Pop: 234 144 (2003 est). Area: 5888 sq km (2296 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for tulle


fine silk bobbin-net, c.1818, from Tulle, town in central France, where the fabric was first manufactured.

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