peau de soie

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Etymology[edit]

From French peau de soie ‘skin of silk’, perhaps originally a trademark.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pəʊdəˈswɑː/

Noun[edit]

peau de soie (uncountable)

  1. A heavy closely-woven silk fabric, faced with satin on both sides.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 611:
      She was in pale violet peau de soie, and a hat so beguiling that Kit was only momentarily surprised to find himself with an erection.