AskDefine | Define foulard

Dictionary Definition

foulard n : a light plain-weave or twill-weave silk or silklike fabric (usually with a printed design)

User Contributed Dictionary



from French


(US) IPA: /ˌfuːˈlɑrd/


  1. A light-weight silk or cotton fabric, often with a printed pattern.
    • 1869, Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad
      The Empress and the little Grand Duchess wore simple suits of foulard (or foulard silk, I don't know which is proper,) with a small blue spot in it;
  2. A piece of clothing made with this fabric.






Extensive Definition

A foulard is a lightweight fabric, either twill or plain-woven, made of silk or a mix of silk and cotton. Foulards usually have a small printed design of various colors. Foulard can also refer to articles of clothing, such as scarves, made from this fabric.
Foulard is believed to have originated in the Far East. The word foulard comes from the French word for a silk handkerchief.


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