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taffeta

[taf-i-tuh] /ˈtæf ɪ tə/
noun
1.
a medium-weight or light-weight fabric of acetate, nylon, rayon, or silk, usually smooth, crisp, and lustrous, plain-woven, and with a fine crosswise rib effect.
2.
any of various other fabrics of silk, linen, wool, etc., in use at different periods.
adjective
3.
of or resembling taffeta.
Origin of taffeta
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English taffata < Medieval LatinPersian tāftah silken or linen cloth, noun use of past participle of tāftan to twist, spin
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taffeta

/ˈtæfɪtə/
noun
1.
  1. a crisp lustrous plain-weave silk, rayon, etc, used esp for women's clothes
  2. (as modifier): a taffeta petticoat
2.
any of various similar fabrics
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin taffata, from Persian tāftah spun, from tāftan to spin
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Word Origin and History for taffeta
n.

late 14c., from Old French taffetas (early 14c.), from Italian taffeta, ultimately from Persian taftah "silk or linen cloth," noun use of taftah, past participle of taftan "to shine," also "to twist, spin." Applied to different fabrics at different times (and cf. tapestry).

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