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1. A rich heavy silk fabric with a corded effect.
2. A hanging or garment made of this fabric.

[Alteration (influenced by Padua) of French pou-de-soie, from Old French pout-de-soie : pout, of uncertain meaning + de, of (from Latin ; see de-) + soie, silk (from Vulgar Latin *sēta, from Late Latin saeta, raw silk, from Latin, bristle).]


1. (Textiles) a rich strong silk fabric used for hangings, vestments, etc
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a garment made of this
[C17: changed (through influence of Padua) from earlier poudesoy, from French pou-de-soie, of obscure origin]


(ˈpædʒ u əˌsɔɪ)

n., pl. -soys.
1. a slightly corded, strong, rich, silk fabric.
2. a garment made of this.
[1625–35; alter. of French pou(lt) de soie (Middle French, of obscure orig.) by association with Padua]
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The chevalier would then brush away the snuff which had settled in the folds of his waistcoat or his paduasoy breeches.
In the time of swords and periwigs and full-skirted coats with flowered lappets -- when gentlemen wore ruffles, and gold-laced waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta -- there lived a tailor in Gloucester.