Charles tiffany

Charles Lewis, 1812–1902, U.S. jeweler.
his son, Louis Comfort
[kuhm-fert] /ˈkʌm fərt/ (Show IPA), 1848–1933, U.S. painter and decorator, especially of glass.
a female given name.
noun (pl) -nies
a sheer fine gauzy fabric
Louis Comfort. 1848–1933, US glass-maker and Art-Nouveau craftsman, best known for creating the Favrile style of stained glass
noun (pl) -nies
another name for Chantilly (sense 2)

“type of thin, transparent fabric,” c.1600; earlier a common name for the festival of the Epiphany (early 14c.; in Anglo-French from late 13c.), from Old French Tifinie, Tiphanie (c.1200), from Late Latin Theophania “Theophany,” another name for the Epiphany, from Greek theophania “the manifestation of a god.”

Also popular in Old French and Middle English as a name given to girls born on Epiphany Day. The fabric sense is found only in English and is of obscure origin and uncertain relation to the other meanings, unless as a fanciful allusion to “manifestation:”

The invention of that fine silke, Tiffanie, Sarcenet, and Cypres, which instead of apparell to cover and hide, shew women naked through them. [Holland’s “Pliny,” 1601]

The fashionable N.Y. jewelry firm Tiffany & Co. (1895) is named for its founder, goldsmith Charles L. Tiffany (1812-1902) and his son, Louis C. Tiffany (1848-1933), who was the Art Nouveau decorator noted for his glassware. The surname is attested in English from 1206.


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