l. tiffany


Charles Lewis, 1812–1902, U.S. jeweler.
his son, Louis Comfort [kuhm-fert] , 1848–1933, U.S. painter and decorator, especially of glass.
a female given name.
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tiffany (ˈtɪfənɪ)
n , pl -nies
a sheer fine gauzy fabric
[C17: (in the sense: a fine dress worn on Twelfth Night): from Old French tifanie, from ecclesiastical Latin theophania Epiphany; see theophany]

Tiffany1 (ˈtifənɪ)
Louis Comfort. 1848--1933, US glass-maker and Art-Nouveau craftsman, best known for creating the Favrile style of stained glass

n , pl -nies
another name for Chantilly

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Word Origin & History

"type of thin, transparent fabric," c.1600; earlier a common name for the festival of the Epiphany (early 14c.; in Anglo-Fr. from late 13c.), from O.Fr. Tifinie, Tiphanie (c.1200), from L.L. Theophania "Theophany," another name for the Epiphany, from Gk. theophania "the manifestation of a god." Also
popular in O.Fr. and M.E. as a name given to girls born on Epiphany Day. The fabric sense is found only in English and is of obscure origin and uncertain relation to the other meanings, unless as a fanciful allusion to "manifestation:"
"The invention of that fine silke, Tiffanie, Sarcenet, and Cypres, which instead of apparell to cover and hide, shew women naked through them." [Holland's "Pliny," 1601]
The fashionable N.Y. jewelry firm Tiffany & Co. (1895) is named for its founder, goldsmith Charles L. Tiffany (1812-1902) and his son, Louis C. Tiffany (1848-1933), who was the Art Nouveau decorator noted for his glassware. The surname is attested in Eng. from 1206.
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