Definition of tulle in US English:



  • A soft, fine silk, cotton, or nylon material like net, used for making veils and dresses.

    • ‘Use nude-color tulle or silk organza for interfacing.’
    • ‘What stood out above all else were her flirty, soft dresses in tulle and chiffon in pastel colours which, for the most part, were embroidered with sequins and antique beading and iridescent insets.’
    • ‘Satin, organza, chiffon, georgette, tulle, lace, brocades, and crepe are all classic fabrics for bridesmaid dresses.’
    • ‘She fingered fine muslins and intricate laces, heavy crimson silks and tulle.’
    • ‘If in doubt about the design's stability, sandwich a layer of sheer fabric, such as organdy, organza or tulle, with the water-soluble stabilizer prior to stitching.’
    openwork, lacework, tatting, netting, net, meshwork, mesh, webbing
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Early 19th century: from Tulle, a town in SW France, where it was first made.