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[fahyl, feyl; French fa-yuh] /faɪl, feɪl; French ˈfa yə/
a soft, transversely ribbed fabric of silk, rayon, or lightweight taffeta.
Origin of faille
1520-30; < Middle French, Old French; of obscure origin Unabridged
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  • faille Francaise—A soft, lustrous silk of wider cord than grosgrain, but narrower than ottoman.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • faille and Bouchot, expecting to succeed, paid the money; they failed while the bottles were making.

  • Do you see that milk-girl with her scarlet petticoat and Flemish faille?

    In the Days of My Youth Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
  • To this class belong the grosgrains, Ottoman, faille Francaise—a silk resembling grosgrain, but softer and brighter.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • But the loss in length should be figured and taken account of on goods with a heavy rib, such as moir, faille, etc.

    Theory Of Silk Weaving Arnold Wolfensberger
British Dictionary definitions for faille


/feɪl; French faj/
a soft light ribbed fabric of silk, rayon, or taffeta
Word Origin
C16: from French: head covering, hence, fabric used for this, of obscure origin
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