Definition of voile in English:


Pronunciation /vwɑːl//vɔɪl/


mass noun
  • A thin, semi-transparent fabric of cotton, wool, or silk.

    as modifier ‘a delicate cream voile blouse’
    • ‘This installation comprised sheets of voile and silk suspended like washing on three lines.’
    • ‘He added big floral prints drenched with reminiscence and balanced retro-looking fabrics like lightweight cotton voile and washed twill with modern nylon and Lycra blends.’
    • ‘Using muslin, voile, paper and many other delicate fabrics, learn how to mould and shape the material into individual vases and bowls.’
    • ‘Lighter window treatments such as voile and muslin can diffuse daylight into a room with designer effects.’
    • ‘The designer's collection for this season has chiffons, georgettes, and voiles along with cotton, which is always in vogue.’
    • ‘A light breeze blew the fine voile curtains away from the windows and early morning light chased away all the shadows.’
    • ‘Key materials for winter 2005 include mohair, wool, voile and leather.’
    • ‘Materials range from voile and organza to dyed python and nylon mesh.’
    • ‘Made from a voile fabric in a honeycombed Venetian style, these blinds create a lovely window feature, while allowing diffused light to get through.’
    • ‘The bride looked stunning in an ivory train bodice and voile skirt.’
    • ‘To them, we suggest trying a shade close to charcoal, in a soft fabric such as organza, voile or chiffon, and accessorising it with some striking white jewellery.’
    • ‘There are also silk taffeta, stretch satin and stretch voile, silk chiffon dresses and printed silk kimonos.’
    • ‘The case is lined with white voile with green polka dots, of course.’
    • ‘There is an air of chic relaxation in the classic linen, crisp poplin and delicate voiles shot against the rocks and pinewoods of Corsica.’
    • ‘I loved her long cream monk coats with decorative pleating on the sleeves and voile detailing on the neck.’
    • ‘Finally, black made its ubiquitous appearance in a host of linen tuxedo jackets and pants for men and a cotton voile sleeping shirt worn with satin short shorts for women.’
    • ‘Cut voile fabric to drape over the table, tracing the edges of the white skirt for a guide; no need to hem or size it carefully for this temporary look.’
    • ‘Clean cotton curtains in the same pale shades fitted to curtain poles to give them lift, or else wood-slatted blinds softened by voile curtains, add the finishing touch.’
    • ‘Fabrics are those of traditional lingerie, such as cotton, in a range of textures: batiste, voile, gauze.’
    • ‘If your windows are cloaked in dark, heavy curtains consider investing in paler more diffuse material in voile, set in casual drifts behind tie-backs.’


Late 19th century: French, literally ‘veil’.