AskDefine | Define voile

Dictionary Definition

voile n : a light semitransparent fabric

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  1. A light, almost transparent cotton fabric used for making curtains and dresses



  • lang=fr|/vwal/
  • : /vwal/


From an earlier veile from Latin velum


fr-noun m
fr-noun f
  1. sail
    Hissons la grande voile, matelots !
    Raise the mainsail, seamen!
  2. sailing (the sport).
    La voile, il n'y a rien de mieux pour se détendre ! J'en ai fait tout le week-end.
    Sailing, there's nothing better for relaxing! I did it all weekend.

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Extensive Definition

Voile is a light weight woven fabric, generally made of 100% cotton or cotton blends including linen or polyester. Its name originates from the French language and means veil. Because of its light weight the fabric is mostly used in soft furnishing. Full length curtains in hot countries are made with voile and used as window treatments, mosquito nets etc.
In the United Kingdom, as the more old fashioned net curtains lost popularity, voiles came to replace them in the 1990s. More sophisticated weaves became available on the market and intricately detailed voiles became fashionable. Because of their semi-transparent quality voile curtains are made using specially manufacturer heading tape which is less easily noticeable through the fabric. Voile fabric is also used in dress-making either in multiple layers or laid over a second material.
voile in German: Voile
voile in Hebrew: וואל
voile in Swedish: Voile
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