noun \ˈtek-ˌstī(-ə)l, ˈteks-təl\

; especially : a fabric that is woven or knit

textiles : the businesses that make textiles

Full Definition of TEXTILE

:  cloth 1a; especially :  a woven or knit cloth
:  a fiber, filament, or yarn used in making cloth

Examples of TEXTILE

  1. They import fine silk textiles from China.
  2. <brought back a whole suitcase of beautiful textiles from India>

Origin of TEXTILE

Latin, from neuter of textilis woven, from texere
First Known Use: 1626

Related to TEXTILE

fabric, cloth


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any filament, fibre, or yarn that can be made into fabric or cloth, and the resulting material itself. The word originally referred only to woven fabrics but now includes knitted, bonded, felted, and tufted fabrics as well. The basic raw materials used in textile production are fibres, either obtained from natural sources (e.g., wool) or produced from chemical substances (e.g., nylon and polyester). Textiles are used for wearing apparel, household linens and bedding, upholstery, draperies and curtains, wall coverings, rugs and carpets, and bookbindings, in addition to being used widely in industry.


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