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[voil; French vwal]
  1. a lightweight, semisheer fabric of wool, silk, rayon, or cotton constructed in plain weave.
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Origin of voile

1885–90; < French; Anglo-French veile veil
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Historical Examples

  • Mary and I started off about 5.30 in ordinary summer dress—foulard and voile.

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife

    Mary King Waddington

  • Sally might have retorted with baffling words about seams and camisoles and voile; but she was shrewd in mystic silence.


    Frank Swinnerton

  • Godefroy gives 'guite, chapeau'; and Roquefort has 'wite, voile.'

  • Gingham was decided not to be fine enough for the occasion and a pretty piece of voile was chosen instead.

  • Lucinda checked another sigh, gathered up an escaped flutter of voile, and marched on.

    Chronicles of Avonlea

    Lucy Maud Montgomery

British Dictionary definitions for voile


  1. a light semitransparent fabric of silk, rayon, cotton, etc, used for dresses, scarves, shirts, etc
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Word Origin

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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