1) A name given to various fabrics, often a bright lustrous material, usually silk.
1378 Deux courtyns de taffata rouge, York
1392 et unum vestimentum integrum de viridi tafata, Ingmanthorpe
1567 usethe veine undecent apparell, namelie great britches cut and drawen oute with sarcenet and taffitie, Ripon
1568 a quilt of black velvet yellowe and red taffetay, Healaugh
1612 1 pare of silver color taffetye skirts, Brafferton
1621 taffety to face both hands of the ould dublitts ijs, Brandsby.