Definition of taffeta in English:



  • [mass noun] A fine lustrous silk or similar synthetic fabric with a crisp texture.

    • ‘Her off-the-shoulder gown, which she disliked intensely, was made of fifty yards of ivory silk taffeta.’
    • ‘Traditionally, windsocks are made from nylon ripstop, taffeta or oxford cloth, available in a variety of bright colors.’
    • ‘Before it stood a young woman wearing white taffeta.’
    • ‘She wore a gown of ivory taffeta adorned with gold brocade made by her own hand.’
    • ‘One display used five layers, with a blind within the window, followed by several layers of taffeta (yes, taffeta's still in), topped with two heavier drapes.’
    • ‘She wore an ‘ensemble of green taffeta fashioned with a loose fitting bodice and bouffant skirt,’ and her husband were a matching court outfit.’
    • ‘The taffeta of Jezebelle's skirt brushed lightly against Angela's crossed legs, and the younger girl's mind was already half made.’
    • ‘A sleeper chair (above left) is tufted and skirted in the same plaid taffeta used behind the bed.’
    • ‘Will you hear the crisp crackle of silk taffeta or did you just use glazed cotton which will make no sound at all?’
    • ‘I glance out of the window and through a late-afternoon haze look down on a sea that is the light blue of a blackbird's egg, its texture that of ruffled taffeta.’
    • ‘Teaming a humble fabric such as felt or towelling with a more lavish material such as silk or taffeta is a technique she frequently uses.’
    • ‘There are also chiffon, tulle, lace, crepe, taffeta and leather.’
    • ‘He was disconcerted to hear that she wanted a pink living room, but he followed her lead, draping the room's three sets of French doors and two windows in striped pink taffeta.’
    • ‘Gowns in black, burnished orange, cognac and pale pink easily communicate the rock princess vibe, especially when combined with silk taffeta, velvets and plush taffetas.’
    • ‘Fabrics that hold their shape, such as taffeta and heavy silk, have also made a comeback.’
    • ‘The shapes are a lot more feminine, the fabrics - taffeta, silk and lace - are a lot more feminine, and there are more textures involved.’
    • ‘Inventories of her furnishings from the 1660s and 1670s mention fabric curtains for mirrors, such as one of blue taffeta in her Stockholm residence.’
    • ‘He summoned his brother: ‘Get in a stock of taffeta and rope and you'll see one of the most astonishing sights in the whole world!’’
    • ‘Nora couldn't help herself; she began to tear at the delicate fabric of the dress, bits and pieces of red taffeta and silk flying every which way.’
    • ‘I washed dishes for months to afford its creamy layers of alternating lace and taffeta, accented at the waist by a peach silk rose.’


Late Middle English (originally denoting a plain-weave silk): from Old French taffetas or medieval Latin taffata, based on Persian tāftan to shine.