[voil; French vwal]


a lightweight, semisheer fabric of wool, silk, rayon, or cotton constructed in plain weave.

Origin of voile

1885–90; < French; Anglo-French veile veil
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a light semitransparent fabric of silk, rayon, cotton, etc, used for dresses, scarves, shirts, etc

Word Origin for voile

C19: from French: veil
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Word Origin and History for voile

1889, from French voile "veil" (see veil (n.)).

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