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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.
On her voyage back to England, Orlando cannot explain to the Captain, who acts as a guardian to her, that she, who has now been "lapped like a lily in folds of paduasoy," had once been a Duke, an Ambassador, had "hacked heads off, and lain with loose women among treasure sacks in the holds of pirate ships" (148).
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.