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Taffitie, Taffiteis, n. Also: taffata, -ita, -yta, -eta, -at(t)ie, -ittie, -ietie, -et(t)ie, -aty, -ity, -ety, -atj, -ati, -etj, -et(t)i, -itye, -etay, -etey, -itae, -até, -ité, -eté, -atee, tafetie, -iti(e, -ity, taphettye, -ety, -etie, -atie, -ité, thaphaté, taiffety, -it(i)e, taufatie, teffetie, tefety, -ité, taffat(t)is, -atas, -ate(i)s, -atyis, -atiis, -atieis, -et(e)is, -ettis, -etas, -ite(i)s, tafeteis, -iteis, tapheteis, taiffite(i)s, -ateis, tauffateis, teffites, toffetiis, taftateis, talphetie, -atie, talfettie, -atie, -itie, -ity, talffitie, talphyteis, -eteis, tafftay, taf(f)ta, taftie, -y(e, taifty, taftais, -ay(i)s, -eis, tapheit, -ett, talphett, talfet, (stafata). [ME and e.m.E. taffata (Chaucer), taffeta (1552-3), taffeties (1583), taffetie (1602), taffita (1604), taffity (1630), OF taffetas, taphetas, med. L. taffata, -eta.]

1. Taffeta. Also attrib.(a) 1372 Exch. R. II 371.
In … pannis sericis, taffatis, tela lata
1493 Halyb. 37.
A stek taffatis
1494 Treas. Acc. I 233.
iij ellis of taftais to thare doublettis
1494 Treas. Acc. I 233.
1495 Treas. Acc. I 256.
Ane tippet of taftayis
1495 Treas. Acc. I 257.
v quartaris of taftais to turs his [sc. the king's] sare hand; price xv s.
1496 Treas. Acc. I 270.
For a traves to the kingis bed of taffatas lynit with buckrame
1498 Halyb. 178.
1512 Treas. Acc. IV 420.
1513 Treas. Acc. IV 521.
1516 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 71.
Ane ruffe of taffatyis
1527 Treas. Acc. V 303.
1527 Treas. Acc. V 304.
1529 Treas. Acc. V 361.
1529 Edinb. B. Rec. II 18.
1531 Treas. Acc. V 421.
1538 Treas. Acc. VI 397.
1539 Treas. Acc. VII 253.
1539 Inv. Wardrobe 42.
1540 Treas. Acc. VII 409.
1540 Maxwell Mem. I 409.
Ane payr of cwrtyngis of wariant tapheteis
1549 Edinb. Hammermen 181b.
1555 Crail Ch. Reg. 65.
1558 Treas. Acc. X 360.
To by certane welvot, sating, and talpheteis agane the solemnization of the mariage of our Soverane Ladie
1562–3 Treas. Acc. XI 240.
ij elnis of tafeteis to lyne ane pair of brasaris of satene
a1578 Pitsc. I 368/6.
Claith of gould, welwete, sataine and dameis witht taffatieis and wther silkis
a1585 Maitl. Q. 2/27.
Thair wovin hois of silk ar schawin Burrit aboue with tafteis drawin
1581 Acts III 220/2.
That nane of his hines subiectis … being vnder the degreis of duikis, erlis [etc.] … or thair wyffis, sonnis or dochteris, sall … vse or weir in thair cleithing … or lyning thairof onie … weluet, satyne, damas, taffateis [etc.]
(b) 1373 Exch. R. II 440.
In empcione vnius pecie de taffata
1489 Treas. Acc. I 145.
For ane elne of taffata to mende the kingis rowbryall xxti s.
1490 Treas. Acc. I 145.
1491 Treas. Acc. I 187.
1496 Treas. Acc. I 292.
1497 Treas. Acc. I 339.
For half ane elne of taffatj, to be ane quaif to the king agane the raid, iiij s.
1500 Treas. Acc. II 20.
1501 Treas. Acc. II 32.
1501 Treas. Acc. II 50.
1502 Treas. Acc. II 46.
1503 Treas. Acc. II 307.
Taffety to lyne ane goun
1505 Treas. Acc. III 35.
1505 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. II 114.
1506 Treas. Acc. III 48.
Tua hattis coverit with taffetj
1506–7 Treas. Acc. III 250.
Taffeti to be howis to the king
1506–7 Treas. Acc. III 272.
v steikis of the taffeti bocht … to the courtingis for the … ruffis [for the princes' cradles] and for the font
1515 Treas. Acc. V 9.
1532 Crim. Trials I i 276.
ij elnis taffate, to draw thame and nerf thame [sc. hose]
1545 Treas. Acc. VIII 399.
Ane elne of taffate boucht upoun the feildis to be ane hande senȝe for my lord governoris carage
1556–7 Edinb. Old Acc. I 204.
For taffitye to be ane standart to the towne
1560 Old Dundee II 249.
1561 Edinb. B. Rec. III 122.
Taffate or vther silk
1561 Inv. Wardrobe 135.
1566 Treas. Acc. XI 511.
1572 Edinb. Test. II 252a.
Ane cassekin of taffetie
1575 Bk. Univ. Kirk I 335.
1583 Cal. Sc. P. VI 689.
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Actilia.
Ane forme of armour … maid of taffitie, ledder, or linnen claith, stuffed with caddes
a1605 Birrel Diary 10.
1676 Cunningham Diary 69.
c1680 Bk. Dunvegan I 194.
(c) 1374 Exch. R. II 466.
iiij ulnis de thaphate
1533 Treas. Acc. VI 182.
1533 Treas. Acc. VI 184.
1539 Aberd. B. Rec. I 161.
(d) 1494 Treas. Acc. I 224.
vj quarteris of tafftay to a belt
1523 Old Dundee II 248.
1608 Crawford Mun. Invent. II 229 (9 Feb.).
1657 Balfour Ann. II 8.
1657 Balfour Ann. IV 384.
(e) 1535 Treas. Acc. VI 247.
1550 Reg. Great S. 103/2.
(f) 1603 Montgomery Mem. 246.
Ane vardingell couerit with teffetie
1622 Sc. Ant. XIII 162.
The gumpheon of state which was a morthead painted in black tefety
1648 Lennoxlove MS (The Duke of Hamilton) F1/426/6.
(g) 1619 Edinb. Test. L 263b.
Wemanis gluifis lynit with taiffitie in the heidis
(h) 1590 Mill Mediæv. Plays 199.
For tua ellis of quhyt talphetie that the bairne was rowin in
1603 Moysie 83.
1606 Edinb. Test. XLII 80a.
1622 Stirling B. Rec. I 156.
(i) 1496 Halyb. 45.
A stek blak stafata
attrib. 1503 Treas. Acc. II 234.
Ane taffeti hude to the king
1530 Balmerino and L. Chart. ii 32.
Thre hatts with thre taffite typpats in tham
1546 Aberd. B. Rec. I 239.
Tua pair of tapheit gartanes
1579 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 122.
Tafetie hatis
1613 Edinb. Test. XLVII 359a.
Thrie tafetie pursis price of all x s.
1631 Buccleuch Household Bk. 26 Sept.
The taffitie bed with the fedder bed bolster
1640 Innes Sketches 509.
Ane reid steikit taffita matt
1647 Old Ross-shire I 143.
Mixt talfatie ribbans
1647 Caldwell P. 99.
Ane ruch hatt with a taffettie pock
1649 Wemyss Chart. 231.
My blaik tafiti goung
1673 Curiosities Charta Chest 18.
Plain sating ribbons may be worn … in the same manner as taffietie ribbons
a1700 Alchem. MSS V.
Breye it … into ane fyne pouder be searceing it in a pottingars box throcht a taffetas sarcinett

b. Various particular sorts of taffeta.For further examples see also Armosin(g n., Changeand ppl. adj. 2, Dewcap n., Dyce(i)t adj., Figo(u)rit ppl. adj., Figurit ppl. adj. 2, Florence n., Flourit ppl. adj., Forbati(e adj., Grograne n. b, Janis n., Lut(e)string n.2, Napillis b, Spanis adj. 2 (2), Touris n., Wollit ppl. adj. b. Taffeta of (the) cord, taffeta of … threidis see Thred(e n. 2 d. 1506 Treas. Acc. III 248.
Taffeti of Florence, to the sleffis of it
1511 Treas. Acc. IV 192.
To bordoure the samyn schamvart iiij elnis taffates of the cord
1532 Treas. Acc. VI 75.
1534 Treas. Acc. VI 193.
Taphety turke
1535 Treas. Acc. VI 252.
Ormosy taphett
1539 Treas. Acc. VII 162.
1542 Treas. Acc. VIII 87.
xj quarteris quhite teffites of cord
1549–50 Reg. Episc. Aberd. II 196.
1557–8 Edinb. Old Acc. I 273.
1557–8 Treas. Acc. X 330.
1561 Treas. Acc. XI 93.
For twa elnis and ane half of blak tafiteis of the vj threidis … the elne xxx s.
1562 Treas. Acc. XI 204.
Kowgrane tafeteis
1566 Hay Fleming Q. Mary 501.
1569 Inv. Q. Mary 186.
1569 6th Rep. Hist. MSS 672/1.
Quheit tauffateis figurit with blew
1571 Hawick Arch. Soc. (1878) Sept. meeting.
1574 Cal. Sc. P. V 45.
1586 Perth B. Ct. 15 June.
Spanes taiffety
1590–1 St. A. B. Ct. 24 March.
1591 Thanes of Cawdor 199.
1595 Argyll Acc. 2 Jan.
1596 Edinb. Test. XXIX 321a.
1600 Treas. Acc. MS 111b.
Taffatie de cord to cut out this stand with
1606 Edinb. Test. XLII 80a.
1609 Paterson Ayr & Wigton II 442.
Ane dowblet and breikis of Spainis taffatie, cuttit out vpone taffatie of the cord
1610 Edinb. Test. XLVI 176b.
Figourit taffattie
1612 Brechin Test. II 252b.
1612 Brechin Test. II 252b.
Spanis taiffite of fillamort
1614 Laing MSS 137.
Cramesen tuftit tafetie
1620 Edinb. Test. L 352a.
Taffitie decord at l s. the elne
1638 Elphinstone Mun. 194/2.
Changeing talffitie
1642 Old Ross-shire I 142.
1661 Funeral Acc. i 4 (see Dewcap n.).
1664 Household Bks. Archb. Sharp in Misc. Maitl. C. II 512 (see Lut(e)string n.2).
1688 Douglas Bequest 24 July.
Black cordet tafity

2. transf. Something made of taffeta. 1600 Elgin Rec. II 81.
The displaying of the taffatie on the stepill vall
1610 Edinb. Test. XLVI 112b.
Ane womanes new taffitie with the furnitour pertening thairto
1611 Edinb. Test. XLVI 253b.
Ane cuttit taffatie to ane woman

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