Definition of faille in English:



  • [mass noun] A soft, light-woven fabric having a ribbed texture, originally of silk.

    [as modifier] ‘a black faille pinafore’
    [count noun] ‘they wove a wool faille’
    • ‘The premium quality polyester faille is known for its durability and fine texture.’
    • ‘Poult de siue is sometimes called faille taffeta.’
    • ‘Every rosette is handmade and ruffled at the factory in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, fashioned in velvet, super-satin, acetate or a type of cord called faille, which seems a strange misnomer when it's associated with success.’
    • ‘All the designs come in materials ranging from camel hair, grain lambskin, silk crepe, silk faille and flannel to wool and cashmere.’
    • ‘He used the corset look to great effect, particularly when he paired a white crocodile bustier with a black silk chiffon petal skirt and a rose silk faille bustier with a black silk chiffon lace inset skirt.’
    • ‘Liya has never looked as pretty and delicate as she did in his white Kotur shirt and pink double face faille skirt ensemble.’


Mid 16th century (denoting a kind of hood or veil worn by women): from Old French. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.