Friday, 18 May 2012

Entry: taffeta (n.)

In context: "Tony wore summer taffetta."

Definition: A name applied at different times to different fabrics. In early times apparently a plain-wove glossy silk (of any colour); in more recent times, a light thin silk or union stuff of decided brightness or lustre. In the 16th c. mention is also made of ‘linen taffety’. In recent times the name has been misapplied to various mixtures of silk and wool, and even cotton and jute, thin fine woollen material, etc.

Also, interestingly:

b. fig. Florid language; = fustian n. 2.



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Source: Oxford English Dictionary   


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